Posted: May 21, 2013 7:53 PM by MTN News
Donald Carl Salois of Browning, 49 years old, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Monday to life in prison after being convicted of aggravated sexual abuse.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says that the following evidence and testimony was presented to the jury:
On February 25, 2010, Salois picked up the victim, a 51-year-old woman, in his vehicle along Highway 2 south of Browning.
Salois said that he would take her home, but instead, Salois passed the victim's home, stopped at a secluded place, and "brutally" raped her.
When questioned by law enforcement, Salois admitted that he had sex with the victim, but claimed the encounter was consensual and occurred in his residence, not on the side of the road.
Salois also claimed that he never left his residence the night of the rape.
The FBI investigated and discovered on the night of the rape, neighbors did not see the vehicle owned by Salois at the residence.
After the government presented testimony of 12 witnesses over the course of a day and a half, which included medical professionals, law enforcement, lay witnesses, and a DNA expert, the jury convicted Salois.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that Salois will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court.
The Montana Correctional Offender Network states that Salois was convicted of sexual assault and also incest in the 1980s in Yellowstone County.