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Edward Ronald Stamper 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 7, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, EDWARD RONALD STAMPER, a 37-year-old resident of Box Elder and an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation, appeared for sentencing. STAMPER was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 480 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: life

STAMPER was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of sexual abuse.

At trial, the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury.

During the early evening of January 23, 2011, several individuals were at STAMPER's house drinking alcohol. Everyone at the house continued to drink alcohol. After the victim passed out, she was carried by one of the individuals to a back bedroom to sleep. Later the victim woke up while she was being sexually assaulted by STAMPER. An altercation then took place between STAMPER and other individuals.

The victim was taken to the hospital for a sexual assault examination. At the hospital she said she had been drinking alcohol all day and had passed out. When she awoke she was being sexually assaulted.

STAMPER was also interviewed and denied the victim was unconscious prior to having sex with her.

A sexual assault examination was completed at the hospital. The victim's blood alcohol level was estimated to be .220 at the time of the assault. In addition, STAMPER was identified as the source of DNA found during the examination.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica A. Betley prosecuted the case for the United States.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STAMPER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STAMPER 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 a cooperative effort between the Rocky Boy's Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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