William Dale Newhoff Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 20, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, WILLIAM DALE NEWHOFF, age 28, appeared for sentencing. NEWHOFF was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 9 months, consecutive to another sentence
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
NEWHOFF was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to escape.
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.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that NEWHOFF will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, NEWHOFF 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 U.S. Marshals Service and the Mineral County Sheriff's Office.