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David Lee Spotted Eagle Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, March 09, 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, DAVID LEE SPOTTED EAGLE, age 23, appeared for sentencing. SPOTTED EAGLE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 57 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

SPOTTED EAGLE 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 Danna R. Jackson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On January 3, 2011, the victim, while visiting his cousin's home in Browning, fell asleep on her couch. The victim awoke to SPOTTED EAGLE hitting him in the head and face with a small bat.

The victim sought medical care at the emergency room where the emergency room doctor referred the victim to a specialist who performed orbital reconstructive surgery on the victim.

The doctor documented that the victim sustained serious bodily injury as the victim experienced extreme physical pain, has protracted and obvious disfigurement, and protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.

The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SPOTTED EAGLE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SPOTTED EAGLE does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.



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