William Dale Newhoff Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on May 6, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, WILLIAM DALE NEWHOFF, age 28, pled guilty to escape. Sentencing has been set for September 8, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 25, 2009, NEWHOFF and another inmate were incarcerated on separate federal gun cases when they escaped from the Mineral County Detention Center by crawling through a hole in the ceiling of their cell to a trapdoor in a supply closet and then fled to the road outside of the facility.
On January 26, 2009, at approximately 1:30 p.m., NEWHOFF was arrested in Troy.
NEWHOFF faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the U.S. Marshals Service and the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.