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POLSON — A man who in 2007 pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual intercourse without consent — two involving a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl — was sentenced March 2 to the Department of Corrections for 30 years with none suspended on a revocation.

Dillon Thomas Carpentier, 28 of St. Ignatius, was 17 in 2007 when he was sentenced to Montana State Prison for 40 years with 30 suspended, with all four counts running concurrently. He was also designated a Level III sex offender.

On April 8, 2016, Carpentier was released from prison to serve the suspended portion of his sentence. During his nearly 10 years in prison he received 44 write-ups for failing to abide by at least 16 different prison rules, according to a report of probation violations filed Jan. 27. The report alleged that since Carpentier was released, he violated parole conditions because he used methamphetamine, was removed from sex offender treatment and had contact with a minor, among other alleged violations.

After admitting on Feb. 16 that he indeed violated some of the conditions of his parole, the suspended portion of his sentence was revoked. “My first inclination was to send you to Montana State Prison and warehouse you,” Judge Deborah Kim Christopher told Carpentier when she sentenced him on Thursday, March 2. The court noted it would recommend Carpentier for boot camp, and DOC would have the authority to release him sooner with the possibility to attend the tribal re-entry program.

Judge Christopher urged Carpentier to recognize the seriousness of his prior offenses and work to rehabilitate himself.

“If not, there’s no way I am going to impose you on a community. It’s your chance, your chance, your call," she said.

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