Casey Leider Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 16, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CASEY LEIDER, a 20-year-old resident of Crow Agency, pled guilty to assault on a federal officer. Sentencing has been set for February 16, 2012. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On the evening of February 12, 2011, a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer received a report from dispatch concerning a drunk individual at a residence in Crow Agency, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation. The officer responded and met the owner of the residence in the driveway. The owner told the officer that LEIDER, who was intoxicated, was in her house and that she wanted him removed.
The female officer entered the house after the owner told her that LEIDER was downstairs. The officer was then standing in the front area of the residence and could see down a flight of stairs. As the officer started walking down the stairs she saw LEIDER peek around the wall at the bottom of the stairs. He was wearing a red bandanna and was yelling at her that he was not going to go to jail, and that he would "blow [the officer's] fucking head off before she would take him to jail!" The officer was about half-way down the stairs at that time and observed a black barrel of a gun pointing out about 3 inches from the bottom wall of the stairs. (It was later learned that the gun was a toy; however, the officer did not know that at the time.) The officer retreated back up stairs to wait for back up.
Another officer arrived and the two officers went downstairs and forced their way into a bedroom where LEIDER had barricaded himself. LEIDER starting swinging his fists at the officers, and hit the female officer several times with his fists. LEIDER was eventually handcuffed and taken to jail.
LEIDER faces possible penalties of 8 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.