Wolf Point Herald

Sandau Sentenced On Assault Charges

Logan Quinn Sandau, 24, of Poplar, was sentenced to 46 months in prison in connection with his guilty plea to assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on Feb. 12 before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Sandau appeared for sentencing. He was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $200 and will have three years supervised release.
In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura B. Weiss and Ryan G. Weldon, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On June 9, 2012, Sandau struck the victim with his car outside a residence on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The victim suffered multiple leg fractures, a torn ACL and underwent orthopedic and skin grafting procedures.
The victim was with his brother the day of the offense. They arrived at their cousin’s house. Words were exchanged between Sandau and the victim, resulting in Sandau threatening to kill the victim.
The victim then began punching Sandau. Sandau fell, then jumped up and ran to the driver’s side of his vehicle. He hopped in and accelerated around the house. The victim did not chase him. Sandau began driving down the alley toward the victim, who was standing near the house. Sandau first slowed down when he approached, then suddenly hit the gas and struck the victim, pinning him against the house. Several eyewitnesses saw this event transpire and identified Sandau as the driver.
The victim suffered multiple injuries, including several leg fractures, a torn ACL, cut tendons requiring surgery, and skin grafts.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that Sandau will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigation Division and the Poplar Police Department.