Sam Vernon Windy Boy, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Court
|U.S. Attorney’s Office August 20, 2013|
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 16, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, Sam Vernon Windy Boy, Jr., a 68-year-old resident of Box Elder and an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 63 months
- Special assessment: $100.00
- Supervised release: 10 years
Windy Boy was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to abusive sexual contact.
In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In August 2012, Windy Boy was in his home alone with the 9-year-old victim. Windy Boy approached the victim in the living room/kitchen area and made sexual contact.
The offense occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Windy Boy will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Windy Boy does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.