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Jessica L. Old Bear Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 29, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JESSICA L. OLD BEAR, a 28-year-old resident of Wyola, appeared for sentencing. OLD BEAR was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 37 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

OLD BEAR was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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

During the early morning hours of December 4, 2010, OLD BEAR returned to her brother's (the victim, M.T.C.) residence in Lodge Grass where she had been temporarily staying. OLD BEAR had been out drinking and was intoxicated. M.T.C. asked her to leave because she was intoxicated. OLD BEAR became belligerent and began arguing with M.T.C. OLD BEAR began cursing at M.T.C. and retrieved an 8-inch butcher knife from a kitchen drawer. OLD BEAR then chased M.T.C. around the residence with the knife and eventually stabbed him several times: twice in the scalp, once on in the side of his abdomen, and once in the lower back.

M.T.C. was taken to the Crow Hospital, and then transferred to St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings because of the severity of his injuries. Because of internal bleeding, a chest tube had to be inserted into M.T.C.'s chest. M.T.C. remained hospitalized for two days. His injuries constituted serious bodily injury.

OLD BEAR was subsequently interviewed and admitted to stabbing M.T.C.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that OLD BEAR will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, OLD BEAR 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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