Paul Anthony Prince Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 6, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, PAUL ANTHONY PRINCE, a 27-year-old resident of Whitefish, appeared for sentencing. PRINCE was sentenced to a term of:
Probation: 3 years
Special Assessment: $25
PRINCE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault on a federal employee.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On July 1, 2011, at approximately 11:30 p.m., two Forest Service Law Enforcement officers (W.S.) and (B.T.) made contact with PRINCE after PRINCE stopped his car behind Officer "W.S.'s" car. The officer asked him for his driver's license, but PRINCE said he did not have it with him. The officer then asked him multiple times for his name and date of birth, but PRINCE refused to answer. Officer "W.S." believed PRINCE was under the influence of alcohol and asked PRINCE to exit the vehicle to conduct a standardized field sobriety test. PRINCE refused.
Another officer, "B.T.", heard the exchange between Officer "W.S." and PRINCE and approached the vehicle. Officer "B.T." asked PRINCE to exit the vehicle, but PRINCE again refused. The officer placed one hand on his Taser and his other hand on PRINCE's arm and PRINCE exited the vehicle. PRINCE refused to conduct the standardized field sobriety test.
PRINCE then moved towards Officer "W.S." with his fists clenched in an aggressive manner. Officer "B.T." attempted to handcuff PRINCE and a brief struggle ensued. Officers "B.T. and "W.S." were able to bring PRINCE to the ground, but PRINCE pulled his arms under his body so the officers could not handcuff him, and began rolling around and kicking his legs. Officer "W.S." used a Taser and the officers were then able to handcuff PRINCE. Officer "B.T." began walking PRINCE to Officer Field's truck. As they walked, PRINCE violently swung his head towards Officer "B.T." in an attempt to headbutt him. Officer "B.T." saw this and moved out of the way.
Officer "B.T." opened the rear door to the transport cage in his truck. PRINCE headbutted the inside of the rear passenger window, causing the window to shatter. The Taser was still connected to PRINCE, and Officer "W.S." pulled the trigger again. Officer "B.T." was then able to place PRINCE in the patrol vehicle.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that PRINCE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, PRINCE 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 Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service.