Hardin man sentenced to seven years in prison for raping woman on Crow Indian Reservation

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BILLINGS – A Hardin man who admitted to raping a woman on the Crow Indian Reservation after meeting her in a Hardin casino was sentenced today to seven years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said today.

Elmer Burpee Yarlott II, 66, pleaded guilty on Feb. 9 to aggravated sexual abuse.

U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided. Yarlott was detained.

In court documents filed in the case, the prosecution alleged that on Nov. 19, 2019 in Hardin, Yarlott approached the victim in a casino and offered her a dollar if she would leave with him and his friend. After midnight, the victim left with Yarlott and his friend and they drove to the Crow Indian Reservation. Yarlott dropped off his friend and then drove with the victim to a remote area to drink alcohol and use methamphetamine. When the victim declined Yarlott’s repeated requests for sex, Yarlott threatened to kill the victim and then raped her.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori H. Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI.

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