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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Martin Lee Roman Nose Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 24, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MARTIN LEE ROMAN NOSE, a 23-year-old resident of Ashland and an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 24 months

Special Assessment: $100

Restitution: $231

Supervised Release: 7 years

ROMAN NOSE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to sexual abuse of a minor.

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:

On October 27, 2011, ROMAN NOSE and his girlfriend came across the 15-year-old victim and took her to their apartment. All three were drinking during the walk to the apartment and at the apartment. At some point, ROMAN NOSE and his girlfriend started to fight. ROMAN NOSE eventually locked her out of the apartment.

ROMAN NOSE and the victim were left alone in the apartment. ROMAN NOSE followed the victim into a bedroom, drank with her, and then sexually abused her.

ROMAN NOSE was interviewed twice. He initially denied sexually abusing the victim. However later he admitted that he did, but recanted again saying that he only made the admission because he believed it was what the agents wanted him to say.

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