Federal judge sentences man to more than 11 years for 2012 rape

2014-07-03T11:15:00Z 2014-07-03T22:54:07Z Federal judge sentences man to more than 11 years for 2012 rapeBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A federal judge sentenced a Lame Deer man on Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison for raping a woman after luring her into a bedroom.

During a hearing in Butte, Senior U.S. District Judge Don Molloy imposed a term of 11 years and three months on defendant Monte Cato Little Coyote Jr., 31. He also ordered $1,739 restitution to be paid to the victim.

Little Coyote pleaded guilty in February to aggravated sexual abuse for raping a woman in October 2012 in Lame Deer.

Prosecutor Lori Suek said in court records Little Coyote told the victim, who had come to visit another person at the residence, that the person was in a bedroom. Little Coyote followed the victim into the bedroom and told her the person she wanted to see had driven to another town.

Little Coyote then grabbed the victim by the arm, threw her onto the bed and raped her. The victim left the house but was scared and did not immediately report the attack to law enforcement, Suek said. However, the victim told a friend about it on the day of the rape and later told another friend and a licensed social worker, she said.

Suek recommended a sentence of 12 years and eight months saying Little Coyote’s action traumatized a young woman for life and that he has a long history of alcohol abuse and is a danger to the community.

“Drinking simply brings out the worst in him, as evidenced by his multiple alcohol-related crimes,” Suek said in court records.

Little Coyote, she said, has 11 state convictions for crimes like unlawful transaction with children, drunken driving, other driving-related offenses, partner or family member assault and disorderly conduct. He also has numerous convictions involving alcohol abuse and domestic abuse in Northern Cheyenne tribal court.

Assistant Federal Defender Steve Babcock in court records asked the judge to impose a 10-year term. Little Coyote, he said, had no prior felony convictions, served in the military and has strong family support. Little Coyote’s goals, Babcock said, are to remain sober, be a good father, get a job and provide for his family.

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