Shilo Bill Nightshoot Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on October 3, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, SHILO BILL NIGHTSHOOT, a 22-year-old resident of Cut Bank, appeared for sentencing. NIGHTSHOOT was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 27 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
NIGHTSHOOT was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In 2009, NIGHTSHOOT was convicted of felony burglary and criminal mischief which thereby prohibited him from possessing firearms.
On August 4, 2010, NIGHTSHOOT possessed a .357 revolver that he discharged into the ceiling of his Cut Bank residence. When questioned, NIGHTSHOOT admitted that he yelled at his mother that there should not be firearms in the house and that he pulled the trigger. NIGHTSHOOT also stated that he wanted to put the gun into his mouth.
When the officers recovered the .357 revolver, it was covered in blood due to the domestic assault that NIGHTSHOOT committed against his mother that evening. As a result of the August 4, 2010 incident, NIGHTSHOOT was convicted locally of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor partner/family member assault. His mother received a fractured orbital as well as bloody nose and lips.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that NIGHTSHOOT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, NIGHTSHOOT 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Glacier County Sheriff's Office, the Cut Bank Police Department, and Montana Probation and Parole.