John George Enick Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 29, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JOHN GEORGE ENICK, a 23-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, appeared for sentencing. ENICK was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 33 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
ENICK 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 E. Vincent Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On June 4, 2011, the victim was assaulted by ENICK on the Crow Indian Reservation while they were at ENICK's cousin's home, and during an altercation while the victim and ENICK were traveling to ENICK's grandmother's home. The victim stated that her jaw had been broken in two places by ENICK, who was her boyfriend at the time. The victim indicated that ENICK assaulted her after he became belligerent while he was drinking. The victim explained that her jaw was wired shut and she was placed on a liquid diet. The victim complained that she has not been able to get more than two hours rest since the incident as she is in extreme physical pain.
On June 21, 2011, ENICK was interviewed by law enforcement. Although ENICK indicated that he did not remember much of what happened on June 4, 2011 because he had been drinking heavily, he stated to the agent, "it is all my fault, I didn't mean it." At the conclusion of the interview, ENICK admitted to breaking the victim's jaw.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that ENICK will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, ENICK 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.