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District of Montana

Friday, January 17, 2014

Wesley Allen Crossguns Final Co-defendant In Burglary Sentenced To Prison

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, Montana, on January 16, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris, WESLEY ALLEN CROSSGUSN, 25, of Browning, was sentenced to a term of 27 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.

Crossguns was sentenced in connection with his September 24, 2013, guilty plea to Burglary of a residence on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Crossguns' co-defendants have already pleaded guilty for their commission of the crime and received sentences of imprisonment.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon, the government stated it would have proved that Wesley Allen Crossguns, Dustin Jay After Buffalo, and Michael Thomas Bad Old Man broke into a residence on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation during broad daylight. When inside, the defendants stole jewelry and ran from the residence when law enforcement arrived. Crossguns was the only defendant who escaped the scene. One of Crossguns' co-defendants threatened to kill law enforcement when apprehended.

In a sentencing memorandum recommending a guideline sentence of incarceration, Weldon told the Court, "Burglaries are a dangerous act. They are especially dangerous when a personal residence is involved." The Court sentenced Crossguns to the top of the range recommended under the Guidelines, with three years of supervised release to follow.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services.

Updated January 14, 2015