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Terry Lynn Braine Sentenced In U.S. District Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 18, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TERRY LYNN BRAINE, a 47-year-old resident of Ashland, was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 37months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

BRAINE, was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to domestic assault by a habitual offender.

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 November 29, 2012, BRAINE punched his elderly father in the eye causing severe swelling, redness, and a laceration. His elderly mother was present as well and suffered emotional trauma from witnessing the attack. BRAINE has four prior tribal court convictions for domestic assault - all of them involve assaults on his elderly parents.

The assault occurred in Lame Deer, which is within the exterior boundaries of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

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

Updated January 14, 2015