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Ft. Hall Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Federal Prison

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December 12, 2012

POCATELLO – Brandon Jim, 36, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for failing to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also revoked Jim’s supervised release and sentenced him to an additional 18 months in prison to be served consecutive to the sentenced imposed above. On July 19, 2006, Jim was convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country, for which he was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Jim was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) by virtue of his 1999 conviction for abusive sexual contact in United States District Court for the District of Wyoming. The Act, which was passed by Congress in 2006, requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction where they reside, are employed or are students. Violations of SORNA can be prosecuted in federal court. Jim pleaded guilty to the SORNA violation on May 25, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, Jim had registered his father’s address on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, with a second address at the Four Directions center on Agency Road, also on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. According to the plea agreement, Jim left the center in February 2012. Jim was subsequently located on March 7, 2012. When interviewed by law enforcement, Jim admitted that he had been moving from house to house, that he did not reside at his father’s home, and that he did not update has sex offender registration as required by law. Jim further admitted that he had previously signed paperwork acknowledging the requirement to update his registration within three business days of changing his address.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, with assistance from the Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification, the Fort Hall Police Department, and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.