Crow Agency man sentenced for assaulting officer

2012-03-30T10:55:00Z 2012-03-30T22:20:17Z Crow Agency man sentenced for assaulting officerBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A federal judge sentenced a Crow Agency man to 16 months in prison after he admitted assaulting a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer who tried to remove him from his mother's house while he was drunk.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Thursday gave Casey Leider, who turned 21 the day of his sentencing, credit for 13 months already served. Leider also is scheduled for treatment in an alcohol program when released. He faced a guideline range of a year to 18 months.

Assistant Federal Defender Dave Merchant recommended that Leider get alcohol treatment, agreeing with the judge that Leider gets violent when drunk.

Merchant also said Leider has had a difficult time getting a job because of tattoos that his friends applied to his forehead while he was passed out from drinking. Federal money that helped defendants with tattoo removals has ended, he said.

Leider admitted hitting Officer Carolyn Morrison while swinging his fists before he was handcuffed and taken to jail on Feb. 12, 2011. Morrison had responded to a call from Leider's mother, who said Leider was drunk and that she wanted him removed.

Morrison was walking down a flight of stairs and saw Leider peek around a wall at the bottom, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek said earlier. Leider was yelling that he wouldn't go to jail and would shoot the officer in the head.

Morrison saw what she thought was a gun barrel poking out from the wall but learned later it was a toy gun, Suek said. Morrison retreated and Leider was arrested when more officers arrived. Leider said earlier he had a stick, not a toy gun.

 

 

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