Joshua Lawrence Eagle Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOSHUA LAWRENCE EAGLE, an 18-year-old resident of Poplar, appeared for sentencing. EAGLE was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 12 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
EAGLE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to burglary.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 26, 2012, EAGLE broke into his ex-girlfriend's house, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, stole jewelry and an Ipod Touch, then hid in a closed-door wooden cubby beneath the bed after hearing someone arrive home.
The ex-girlfriend's father is a police officer. He had just finished qualifying for firearms when he returned to his residence. He walked by his 7-year-old daughter's room and noticed the mattress rise and fall. Thinking she clandestinely adopted a puppy in his absence, he opened the door to a storage space under the bed. Instead of a puppy he found a full-grown man hiding inside.
The ex-girlfriend's father called two law enforcement officers. They arrived and searched EAGLE, finding three rings that belonged to the wife and an Ipod Touch belonging to his daughter. The ex-girlfriend's father stated that EAGLE did not have permission to be in his home.
When interviewed, EAGLE disclosed he used his ID card to get into the back door to the house. Photographs show a broken, splintered door frame around the lock. While EAGLE claimed he initially entered the house to "get his stuff back," he admitted he began looking around and took three rings and an Ipod Touch. EAGLE stated that the Ipod Touch was not his and the ladies' rings were not his either.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that EAGLE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, EAGLE 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 Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law & Justice.