Jeffery James Fox Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 12, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JEFFERY JAMES FOX, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. FOX was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 20 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 15 years
FOX 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:
On February 15, 2006, FOX was convicted of rape in the third degree in Coos County Circuit Court in the State of Oregon. FOX was sentenced to a term of ninety days in custody followed by thirty-six months of probation. Based upon this conviction, FOX was required to register as a sexual offender.
On November 15, 2010, FOX registered as a sexual offender with the Oregon State Police. FOX reported a known address in Coos Bay, Oregon as his home address. During the registration process, FOX acknowledged his requirement to register as a sexual offender, including notifying the appropriate authorities of any change of address including relocating out of state.
On an unknown date in December of 2010, FOX traveled to Montana, where he resided in the Yellowstone County area. After his arrival in Yellowstone County, FOX began residing at an address in Billings. FOX did not register as a sexual offender with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at any time after his arrival in Yellowstone County.
On June 15, 2012, the United States Marshals Service received information that FOX was residing in Billings and arrested him.
The Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry confirmed that FOX had not registered with any jurisdiction in the State of Montana and that FOX was out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and has been since entering Montana in approximately December of 2010.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that FOX will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, FOX 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 United States Marshals Service.