Dale Vernal Campbell Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 30, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, DALE VERNAL CAMPBELL, a 37-year-old resident of Lame Deer, appeared for sentencing. CAMPBELL was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 14 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 5 years
CAMPBELL was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In 2001, CAMPBELL was convicted in federal court of felony sexual abuse of a minor for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. CAMPBELL was sentenced to 14 months prison followed by supervised release. CAMPBELL had been out on supervised release and reimprisoned several times for violations of the terms and conditions of his release. Based on his conviction, CAMPBELL was required to register as a sexual offender and was informed of that requirement on several occasions. CAMPBELL registered several times while on supervised release. He last registered a Billings address in January of 2009.
In June of 2009, a Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to verify CAMPBELL's address in Billings, but found that the apartment was vacant. The property manager indicated that CAMPBELL had been evicted in June and his whereabouts were unknown. CAMPBELL was finally located and arrested on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CAMPBELL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CAMPBELL 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 Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service.