Fort Belknap Indian Community, Montana

Staff Reports
6/27/01

A federal judge sentenced a Dodson teen-ager to prison time and alcoholism treatment after her conviction on manslaughter charges. Prosecutors said Leeann First Smoke, 18, was driving drunk at the time of an Aug. 17 crash that killed Alden Werk, 16, and Gerard Healy, 26, south of the Fort Belknap Agency, home of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes. Testimony indicated the three were driving around the reservation all night, drinking beer and listening to music until the crash at 6:30 a.m. While First Smoke was awaiting sentencing, she was arrested again on charges of drunken driving. "Even after causing two deaths, I don't believe you have gotten the message,'' U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy told her. "I need to protect the public from your drinking and driving.''On June 12 Molloy sentenced First Smoke to two concurrent sentences of 2 1/4 years each, and ordered her to complete a 500-hour treatment program. She also was ordered to pay restitution of $6,565 for funeral costs and other expenses of the victims.

A Fort Belknap man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison June 12 for stabbing his friend. Basil Doney Jr. told U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy he was sorry for what happened, but then angered the judge by appearing amused and failing to pay attention to the proceedings. "I'm about to take 57 months of your life, and you aren't even paying attention to me,'' Molloy said. Doney must also complete a substance abuse program and anger management classes. Molloy said Doney also must complete a high school equivalency course or vocational training.

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