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Richie Shane Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 23, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RICHIE SHANE, a 27-year-old resident of Crow Agency and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, appeared for sentencing. SHANE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 30 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

SHANE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to abusive sexual contact.

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 May 16, 2011, law enforcement officers received information that SHANE, during a sweat lodge ceremony at Crow Agency, within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation, had abused a child in a sexual manner.

When questioned on May 17, 2011, SHANE admitted that during the sweat lodge ceremony he knowingly and intentionally abused the victim in a sexual manner.

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