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Christopher Max Dawes Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 25, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CHRISTOPHER MAX DAWES, a 33-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. DAWES was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 28 months

Special Assessment: $100

Restitution: $150

Supervised Release: 3 years

DAWES was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

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

On April 24, 2011, DAWES assaulted the victim, resulting in a broken jaw. The offense occurred at the Medicine Bear Shelter, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

On the night of the offense, both the victim and DAWES were at the Medicine Bear Shelter. DAWES was angry and as the victim tried to leave the room, DAWES threw a bowl of soup at the victim, then struck her with an uppercut to the right side of her face.

Eventually, the victim was able to flee the room to the women's dorm area of the shelter, where she used another person's phone to call the police. The victim was transported to the hospital, where a physician determined she had a broken jaw. She later had to have surgery, resulting in a plate placed in her face and her jaw being wired shut.

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