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Ralph Delbert Brown, Iii Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 31, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RALPH DELBERT BROWN, III, a 27-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared for sentencing. BROWN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: to be determined within 90 days
  • Supervised Release: lifetime

BROWN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to sexual abuse of a minor.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On February 13, 2009, during an interview of a juvenile male charged with sexual assault, he disclosed that he had been sexually abused by BROWN from 2004 to 2007, from when he was 12 to15-years-old.

When interviewed by law enforcement, BROWN admitted that he had sexually abused the juvenile male from 2004 to 2007. The abuse occurred at a house in Black Lodge, on the Crow Indian Reservation.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BROWN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BROWN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.



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