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Donald Schwindt Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 23, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, DONALD SCHWINDT, age 42, appeared for sentencing. SCHWINDT was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 27 months, concurrent to another sentence
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

SCHWINDT 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, inmates SCHWINDT and William D. Newhoff escaped from the Mineral County Detention Center where they were both incarcerated on separate federal gun cases. They crawled through a hole in the ceiling of their cell to a trapdoor in a supply closet and fled to the road outside of the facility.

On January 26, 2009, SCHWINDT and Newhoff were apprehended near Troy.

Newhoff pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SCHWINDT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SCHWINDT 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.



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