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Luke John Scott Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, July 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 26, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LUKE JOHN SCOTT, a 22-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared for sentencing. SCOTT was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 33 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

SCOTT was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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

On August 14, 2008, R.O. and her longtime boyfriend/husband J.S. were at R.O.'s residence in Poplar (which is within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation) playing cards with SCOTT and his girlfriend H.T. H.T. and SCOTT got into an argument and began to fight. H.T. ran out of the house.

R.O. and J.S. tried to keep SCOTT from chasing H.T. SCOTT pushed J.S. down and kicked him. R.O. tried to help J.S., but SCOTT knocked her down and kicked her in the forehead and in the mouth, causing significant injury to R.O.'s teeth.

R.O. and J.S. (who later died from unrelated causes), were taken to the Poplar Hospital and then flown to Billings. R.O. had to have several teeth removed from the upper center of her mouth because her teeth had been knocked back deep inside her mouth. R.O. also suffered a fractured upper jaw. R.O. stated that she had experienced an extreme amount of pain from her injuries and the acute care nurse practitioner had stated that R.O.'s injuries constituted serious bodily injury.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SCOTT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SCOTT 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 Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division.



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