- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Hardin man who pleaded guilty to stabbing a St. Xavier man to death on the Crow Indian Reservation and dumping his body in the Bighorn River has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1DSIIFZ ) U.S. District Judge Susan Watters sentenced 41-year-old John Harold Holds III on Thursday. Holds earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, arguing he had passed out drunk and awakened to 42-year-old Franklin Red Wolf sexually assaulting him. Red Wolf was stabbed numerous times. His body was found on Nov. 2, 2013.

Holds apologized to Red Wolf’s family and to his before being sentenced.

Defense attorney Lisa Bazant sought a nine-year term, arguing Holds reacted to being assaulted.

There is no parole in the federal system, where prisoners typically serve 85 percent of their sentences.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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