Shawn Lee Denny Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on July 21, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SHAWN LEE DENNY, a 19-year-old resident of Rocky Boy, pled guilty to burglary. Sentencing has been set for November 1, 2010. She is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Lahr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On February 28, 2009, a residence on Parker School Road, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, was broken into and burglarized. Entry was made by breaking the upper level deck patio doors.
Two flat screen TVs and a Playstation 3 game system had been taken from the residence. Receipts and serial numbers pertaining to the stolen items were provided to investigators by the owners.
On June 24, 2009, investigators were told by an individual that she and her spouse had purchased a flat screen TV from DENNY. The serial number on the TV purchased from DENNY matched the serial number of one of the TVs stolen from the residence on Parker School Road in February.
On July 17, 2009, when questioned, DENNY admitted she had broken into the residence by kicking down some glass doors. She further admitted to taking two flat screen TVs from the residence and storing them in an abandoned house in Box Elder. She also admitted that she sold both televisions the next day, including the smaller one to the same people who told investigators they had purchased the TV from DENNY. DENNY said she sold the larger TV on the street in Great Falls.
DENNY faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $50,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Rocky Boy's Criminal Investigations Division.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.