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Cleverley sentenced to three felony counts
Admitted felon Kendle Cleverley of Dillon received a sentence of 10 years with five years suspended on each of three felony counts to run concurrently, from Judge Loren Tucker during a three-hour sentencing hearing at Beaverhead County Courthouse Tuesday morning.
A large crowd of 48 people attended the hearing, a majority supporters of Cleverley. Cleverley, 26, had pleaded guilty to two counts of felony sexual intercourse without consent with victims 14-years old. He also pled guilty to felony burglary and partner/family member assault in an incident involving a former girlfriend.
Chris Quigley and Bob Page, two specialists in sexual offender treatment, evaluated Cleverley in separate interviews as a Tier II sex offender, an offender with a moderate risk of offending again.
In the sentencing phase, Tucker admonished Cleverley numerous times but stuck with the recommendation of both the prosecution and defense. Cleverley had made a plea for a deferred imposition of sentence to Tucker before the judge ruled.
Among sentencing conditions, Cleverley will, for the rest of his life, have to register as a sex offender, may not have contact with persons under the age of 16, remain free of alcohol and drugs, and not possess firearms.
Tucker denied a request by the defense to release Cleverley to house arrest, but did recommend to the Department of Corrections that Cleverley be considered for pre-release placement.