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Cliff William John Youpee Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 15, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, CLIFF WILLIAM JOHN YOUPEE, a 23-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to escape. Sentencing has been set for March 16, 2011. He is currently detained.

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

On September 20, 2007, YOUPEE was sentenced to a fifty-one month prison sentence after having been convicted of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

On July 14, 2010, YOUPEE was transferred by the Bureau of Prisons to the Alpha House in Billings. YOUPEE's expected release date was December 7, 2010.

On July 30, 2010, YOUPEE signed out of the Alpha House for the purpose of looking for employment. YOUPEE was scheduled to return to the Alpha House by 5:00 p.m. the same day. YOUPEE failed to return to the facility. YOUPEE's failure to return was verified by a search of the Alpha House and contact with local law enforcement and area hospitals.

YOUPEE was arrested in White Rocks, Utah, on September 20, 2010.

YOUPEE faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Service.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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