Criminal Justice News

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ivan Dean Ingraham Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on September 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, IVAN DEAN INGRAHAM, a 21-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. INGRAHAM was sentenced to a term of:

■Prison: 33 months
■Special Assessment: $100
■Supervised Release: three years

INGRAHAM was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon.

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:

IVAN DEAN INGRAHAM is an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. The following events took place within the exterior boundaries of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

On December 11, 2010, IVAN INGRAHAM and Robert Donald Ahenakew kicked in the door of M.H.’s residence and entered the living room area. INGRAHAM had a knife and lunged at M.H. and another individual staying in the house. M.H. indicated he feared that INGRAHAM would harm him with the knife.

Ahenakew pled guilty and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that INGRAHAM will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, INGRAHAM 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 a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services.

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