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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jalen Jeremy Larance Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 31, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JALEN JEREMY LARANCE, a 21-year-old resident of Lame Deer and an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, appeared for sentencing. LARANCE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 84 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 10 years

LARANCE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to aggravated sexual abuse.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In late August or early September of 2011, LARANCE came to the house where the victim was staying, located in a housing area in Lame Deer, to check his Facebook account on her computer. LARANCE was drunk. While at the house, LARANCE pushed his body against the victim trying to hold her. She told LARANCE to leave and then she went into the bathroom. LARANCE followed her into the bathroom, pushed her against the sink, and forced her to engage in sexual intercourse. The victim repeatedly told LARANCE no.

The victim did not report the rape to law enforcement immediately, but she did tell her school counselor. There were also Facebook postings by LARANCE about the rape in which he apologized to the victim.

LARANCE was interviewed and provided a recorded statement admitting that he raped the victim.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LARANCE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LARANCE 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 14, 2015