Crow Agency man admits to victim tampering

2013-01-09T12:08:00Z 2013-01-10T00:06:40Z Crow Agency man admits to victim tamperingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A Crow Agency man admitted to federal tampering charges this week after he tried to get the victim of an attempted rape to drop charges against his son, who confessed to the crime.

Rudolph Lee Shane Sr., 64, pleaded guilty to victim tampering Tuesday in a hearing before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull.

Shane’s son, Rudolph Lee Shane Jr., pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated sexual abuse and was sentenced last February to five years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia Hurd said that two days before sentencing, Shane contacted the victim and told her his son already had been punished by spending 18 months jail and to contact his son’s attorney.

The next day, Shane twice called the victim’s phone and left a message asking if she had contacted the attorney. Earlier, the father called the victim’s mother, asking her to talk to her daughter about dropping charges. Shane’s daughter also called the victim at his request and talked to her about contacting her brother’s attorney.

The victim told investigators she was intimidated by Shane’s contact, was concerned for her safety and believed he wanted her to drop charges or change her story, Hurd said.

Shane faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. A plea agreement recommends five years of probation with six months of house arrest. The judge does not have to follow the agreement.

Cebull set sentencing for April 10 and continued Shane’s release.

 

 

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