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Man gets life for violently raping 51-year-old grandmother

2013-05-20T16:40:00Z 2013-05-20T16:46:30Z Man gets life for violently raping 51-year-old grandmotherBy EVE BYRON Independent Record Helena Independent Record
May 20, 2013 4:40 pm  • 

A federal court judge in Helena handed down a life sentence to a Browning man Monday for violently raping a 51-year-old grandmother last year.

This is the third sexual assault conviction for Donald Carl Salois, who also sexually abused his own daughter when she was 3 and a step-daughter when she was 6. He served 10 years in the state prison for those offenses.

In seeking the life term, Laura Weiss with the U.S. Attorney’s office, said this is possibly “one of the most violent offenses the government has encountered in prosecuting cases on the Blackfeet Reservation.”

“He offered a ride to a vulnerable woman in the middle of February, when it was cold outside,” Weiss told U.S. District Court Sam Haddon. “He took her, not to her home, but drove outside a housing area, parked the car, opened the passenger side door and forcibly raped her.”

Weiss also read a statement written by Salois’ daughter, who asked that he never be released from custody for the safety of the public.

“Not only is he a repeat offender, but each crime has become more violent in nature and I fear he will kill someone,” the woman wrote. “He’s brought shame to my family time and time again.”

Salois, 49, was convicted of aggravated sexual abuse by a jury in January. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in August 2012.

During a 2012 psychosexual evaluation, a therapist determined that Salois was unable to take any responsibility for his “sex deviant problems” and was “resistant to treatment.” Haddon noted on Monday that Salois’ continued to be unrepentant for his conduct and his unwillingness to explain himself or his actions left the judge without compassion for him.

“You are as dangerous a person in terms of the risk you display to others — that you are to others — that this court has ever had before it,” Haddon said. “Anything less than absolute incapacitation would be less than warranted. … The public must be protected and you must not be given any opportunity to harm any others.”

Salois’ attorney, Mayo Ashley, asked for a sentence of 30 years or less, which was at the lower end of the guideline range. He noted that the sexual assaults of the young girls occurred in 1988 and 1993, when Salois was in his 20s, and computed that a life sentence would cost taxpayers at least $866,790.

That didn’t sway Haddon.

“It will cost the taxpayers of this great republic to keep you in prison, and that’s money well spent,” Haddon said. “There are times when taxpayer dollars should be spent to ensure the public is protected, and this is one of those times.”

Because there’s no sentence reduction for “good time” in federal prison, it’s likely Salois will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Reporter Eve Byron: 447-4076 or eve.byron@helenair.com. Follow Eve on Twitter @IR_EveByron.

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(9) Comments

  1. Annette
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    Annette - May 26, 2013 6:09 pm
    I'm sure he's a sadistic Montana wolf killer . You're state nurtures people who are into causing agony and terror
  2. steeline
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    steeline - May 24, 2013 8:17 am
    If only he was registered. When you register violence it don't happen anymore, RIGHT?
  3. FlamingLiberal1
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    FlamingLiberal1 - May 23, 2013 3:06 pm
    There are good and plenty statistics to back up my assertion, mainly related to the way our legal system works.

    I also find it interesting that the people who think government is corrupt and has too much power, well, this same government should be allowed to kill people.

    Death is final. We can't say, "Whoops, sorry," when additional evidence reveals an innocent person was wrongly convicted. The death penalty is also racist and classist. If you're poor or a minority you're likely to receive a death sentence than someone wealthy and/or caucasian. The death penalty means that people will be paid to kill other people.

    As for regret, well I can't tell you what will go on in that man's head as he sits in a prison cell. But I suspect the other prisoners might have some thoughts about him, if he isn't placed in protective segregation for the rest of his life.
  4. TOwens
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    TOwens - May 23, 2013 10:11 am
    I always hear that "killing them costs more". Why? Is it because they get so many appeals? I'm not being sarcastic, I really want someone to explain it. Seriously, one jolt of electricity, dose of lethal injection, noose, or bullet just doesn't seem that expensive. As far as him "living with it", that is a ridiculous. If he has no problem committing the crime, what makes you think he will have any problem living with it? Scum like this, rapist and child molesters, should be removed from the equation all together. Not allowed to get an education, a roof over their heads, and three square meals a day for the next however many years on our dime.
  5. DeltaEpsilonKappa
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    DeltaEpsilonKappa - May 23, 2013 7:47 am
    FL - provide the numbers to back your statement. Do you think this scum really cares what he's done? Do you think he stays awake at night full of regret? Do you think he wouldn't do this again if given the opportunity? If so I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'll sell ya.
  6. FlamingLiberal1
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    FlamingLiberal1 - May 22, 2013 1:22 pm
    Killing him is more expensive than imprisoning him for life. Plus he has to live with what he's done, instead of having it be over.
  7. DeltaEpsilonKappa
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    DeltaEpsilonKappa - May 21, 2013 1:24 pm
    So what "value" does this animal have for society? We now have to house and feed him at taxpayers expense - what a waste. Better to rid the world of this piece of scum and put the money saved towards helping the elderly and the sick.
  8. sa_612
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    sa_612 - May 21, 2013 9:51 am
    This makes me physically ill.
    People like him are the reason I believe in the death penalty.
  9. CuNAuGriz
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    CuNAuGriz - May 21, 2013 7:50 am
    Who writes these headlines for the IR - are they clueless? Aren't all rapes violent?

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