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Angela R. Little Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 27, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, ANGELA R. LITTLE, a 19-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared for sentencing. LITTLE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 36 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

LITTLE was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica A. Betley and Lori H. Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

During the evening of April 9, 2010, the victim and two of the victim's friends were drinking at a house in Poplar, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Around 2:00 a.m. on April 10, 2010, LITTLE came into the house. According to LITTLE, two people were asleep on separate couches in the living room and the victim was sitting near the couch. The victim and LITTLE's mother had previously dated on and off and LITTLE did not like the victim.

LITTLE became mad that the victim was at her mother's house, so the victim put on his shoes to leave. As he was leaving, LITTLE attacked him from behind. When the victim got outside he turned around and saw LITTLE holding a knife. The victim lifted his hand to block LITTLE's swing and LITTLE cut the victim's hand with the knife.

The victim was taken to the hospital where he was treated for the injuries to his back, which included five stab wounds by a knife, and the cut to his hand.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LITTLE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LITTLE 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 Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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