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Case Number: 4:22-cr-00048
Judge: Brian M. Morris
Court: United States District Court for the District of Montana (Cascade County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Great Falls
Defendant's Attorney: Elizabeth Musick
Description: Great Falls, Montana criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with raping a girl in Browning, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
After a two-day trial in March, the jury found William Ronald Blackman, 31, guilty of attempted sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse.
In court documents and at trial, the government alleged that Blackman sexually abused the victim, identified as Jane Doe, on three occasions when she was physically incapable of declining participating in a sexual act. Jane Doe, who was approximately 15 years old at the time, had passed out from alcohol intoxication and woke up to Blackman sexually abusing or having intercourse with her. The assaults occurred in 2019 and 2020. The victim ultimately reported the sexual abuse to a counselor.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon prosecuted the case. The FBI conducted the investigation.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 8 years in prison.