Gary Jackson Hugs, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 4, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, GARY JACKSON HUGS, JR., a 21-year-old resident of Lodge Grass and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, appeared for sentencing. HUGS was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 21 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
HUGS 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 Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On Saturday, June 18, 2011, a Crow Tribal Police officer was dispatched to Lodge Grass to investigate an automobile crash that reportedly occurred on George Street. The officer eventually located the vehicle, but it was parked in front of a residence in an area different from where the accident occurred.
The officer made contact with "XX", an individual who lives in the house where the wreck occurred. "XX" explained that the vehicle had struck a tree that was on his property in Lodge Grass. "XX" stated that he had heard a loud noise from outside his home while he was in bed. "XX" said that he then got up and looked outside and saw a white suburban, being driven by a male, leaving the area at a high rate of speed. "XX" also said that he went outside to look around and saw that the propane tank which supplies his residence had been hit and knocked over.
The officer heard moaning coming from inside the residence where the vehicle was parked. The officer made contact with the victim, "ZZ," who was bloody from the wreck. While "ZZ" waited on the ambulance, she told the officer that her boyfriend, HUGS, was driving and wrecked. She also stated that he had been drinking prior to the wreck. "ZZ" was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Crow Agency, and then transported to a hospital in Billings because of the severity of her injuries. "ZZ" suffered a broken nose, two broken teeth, and a broken orbital bone around her right eye. "ZZ's" treating physician indicated that her injuries constituted serious bodily injury.
A blood sample from HUGS was submitted to the State of Montana toxicology lab, and the blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.18 GM/100ML.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HUGS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HUGS 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.