Poplar Man Gets 20 Years for Rape, Assault and Burglary
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, Montana, on June 6, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris, KEVIN J. DEVEREAUX, 50, of Poplar, was sentenced to a term of 20 years imprisonment and five years supervised release for the rape of a woman on the Fort Peck Indian reservation. Devereaux was sentenced for aggravated sexual assault after two earlier attempts to convict Devereaux for other sex crimes against other victims ended in acquittal or mistrial.
Following a three-day trial in Great Falls, a jury convicted Devereaux of raping a woman on the Fort Peck Reservation, burglarizing her home, and severely assaulting her in front of her 7-year-old granddaughter. The rape occurred in 2009, when Devereaux appeared in the victim's house as she was asleep on the sofa with her two grandchildren, ages two and eight months. Devereaux dragged her to the bedroom, where he raped her. He then fled the house. Days after the offense occurred, Devereaux intimidated the victim into recanting her story. In 2013, Devereaux broke into her bedroom where she was sleeping with her seven-year-old granddaughter and beat her in the head multiple times. When the child pleaded with him to stop, Devereaux screamed at her "I'm going to kill your grandma!" The victim was able to escape and call 911. During the investigation of the second offense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed the victim, at which point she disclosed Devereaux had intimidated her into changing her story regarding the rape. Due to advancements in the law, the United States was still able to prosecute the rape offense years later, when the truth came out about the circumstances surrounding the victim's statements about the rape.
Devereaux was referred to as a "serial predator" by prosecutors. Deveraux was indicted by the federal grand jury in 2012 on two counts aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual conduct. A jury acquitted Devereaux of those charges. Devereaux was again indicted by the federal grand jury for aggravated sexual abuse of another woman, the burglary of her home, and assault with a dangerous weapon. In January 2013, a trial jury acquitted Devereaux of burglary and assault with a dangerous weapon, and could not reach a unanimous verdict on the sexual assault charge. The court declared a mistrial on that charge. Prosecutors have indicated their intention to re-try Devereaux for the sexual assault of the second victim and Devereaux has appealed, claiming double jeopardy.
The Court sentenced Devereaux to 20 years of imprisonment, with five years of supervised release to follow. Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Devereaux will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Devereaux does have the opportunity to shorten the term of custody by earning credit for good behavior. However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.