Harvest Dawn White Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 13, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, HARVEST DAWN WHITE, a 36-year-old resident of Lodge Grass, appeared for sentencing. WHITE was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 21 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Restitution: $30,652.63
- Supervised Release: 3 years
WHITE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to negligent vehicular assault.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Cabrera, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On November 26, 2009, law enforcement received a report of a drunk driver coming from Wyoming onto the Crow Reservation. Soon after receiving the report, an officer observed a car matching the description. The officer tried to follow the car but it fled and crashed near Lodge Grass. The officer observed WHITE crawl out of the driver's side door of the car. There were two passengers in the car, one seriously hurt. It was later determined that the female passenger had suffered a dislocated hip. WHITE's BAC was .297 when taken at the hospital in Crow Agency.
Both passengers told officers at the scene that WHITE was driving. WHITE also told an officer that he should have gone "faster, to make the jump."
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WHITE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WHITE 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 conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.