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Lance Matthew Ring

Lance Matthew Ring

A Lolo man who pleaded guilty to raping a 6-year-old girl last year was sentenced to 25 years in the Montana State Prison, with none suspended, on Tuesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Under the agreement, a second case from May 2016 in which Lance Matthew Ring was accused of raping another woman while he was awaiting sentencing for raping the child, was dismissed.

Ring was arrested in May 2015 and charged with sexual intercourse without consent after the 6-year-old girl told a forensic examiner he had taken her to a bedroom, blindfolded her and put something in her mouth. When he was interviewed by law enforcement officers, Ring admitted to forcing the girl to perform oral sex.

In May 2016, Ring pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent as part of a plea agreement that dismissed a second charge for sexual abuse of children. That plea agreement, since withdrawn by prosecutors, called for a 25-year prison sentence with 15 years suspended.

Despite multiple requests by prosecutors to revoke his release, Ring was out of custody on pretrial supervision during his change of plea hearing. District Court Judge Karen Townsend warned him she had heard allegations he had contact with a minor, prohibited by the terms of his release. Townsend declined to take him into custody on the violation in May, allowing him to remain released until sentencing.

Two weeks after pleading guilty, Ring was arrested again and charged with a new count of sexual intercourse without consent after he allegedly offered a woman a ride home, but instead took her to a parking lot and offered to pay her for sex. The woman reportedly tried to take the money and leave, after which Ring allegedly strangled the woman and forced her into multiple sex acts.

As part of Ring’s latest plea agreement, assistant chief deputy county attorney Jennifer Clark dismissed the May 2016 rape case.

Ring will not be eligible for parole until he completes the first two phases of sex offender treatment. He also received credit for 98 days already served in custody.

According to the Montana State Prison, inmates typically enter the first phase of treatment, which lasts approximately four months, within two years of incarceration. Inmates generally enter phase two treatment, which takes between 15 and 24 months to complete, within two years of completing phase one.

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