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Lloyd T. Rider Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 6, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LLOYD T. RIDER, a 24-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. RIDER was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 37 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

RIDER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon.

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

On March 21, 2011, RIDER, an enrolled tribal member, was at a home on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation with several other individuals. RIDER went outside the house to the driveway and his then-girlfriend followed him out. RIDER turned around and pointed a gun at her head. RIDER's brother intervened and maneuvered the girlfriend back into the home. At that point, RIDER told his brother something to the effect of "I'm going to shoot someone." He placed the weapon under his own chin, then asked his brother, "Do you want me to shoot up your house?" RIDER's brother said, "No, your niece and nephew are in the house." RIDER then pointed the gun at his brother's head and asked his brother if he wanted to die. At that point, RIDER's brother was able to talk him down, and one of the individuals in the house called the police.

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