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Shawn Lee Denny Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 1, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SHAWN LEE DENNY, a 19-year-old resident of Rocky Boy, appeared for sentencing. DENNY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 22 months
  • Restitution: $3,387
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

DENNY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to burglary.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that DENNY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, DENNY 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 Rocky Boy's Criminal Investigations Division.



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