The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 25, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Eugene Thomas White Quills, Jr., a 24-year-old resident of Browning and an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, appeared for sentencing. White Quills was sentenced to a term of:
■Prison: 188 months
■Special assessment: $100
■Supervised release: five years
White Quills was sentenced after a federal district court trial in which he was found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse.
At trial, the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury.
On the day of the offense, the victim was at her home on the Blackfeet Reservation when White Quills arrived at her residence. White Quills sat down next to the victim on the sofa. When the victim reached over to get cigarettes, White Quills attempted to touch her in a way that made her uncomfortable. She pushed him off and told him to behave, reminding him he had a girlfriend. She got up to put things away. White Quills followed her into the bedroom. Using force, he then sexually abused her.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura B. Weiss and Kris A. McLean prosecuted the case for the United States.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that White Quills will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, White Quills 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 FBI.