Grady Ewing Mays Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on November 1, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, GRADY EWING MAYS, a 60-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. MAYS was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 120 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 10 years
MAYS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
MAYS was convicted in 2003 in federal court in Billings for viewing child pornography at the public library. He was sentenced to 36 months and served his time. He was placed in Billings for his supervised release and quickly absconded.
MAYS was required to register under the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act and knew of his registration requirement. He registered while he was in Billings, and then reported he was moving to Great Falls. However, he continued to live in Billings at various motels and then absconded and was ultimately found in Nebraska living in a homeless shelter. MAYS knew he was required to register any change in his address and he failed to do so.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MAYS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MAYS 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 U.S. Marshals Service.