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Has The Eagle sentenced to life in prison

 

January 2, 2010



A Lodge Pole man was sentenced in federal court Monday to four life terms in prison for brutally murdering two Lodge Pole residents in December 2008 while he was already out on bail charged with other brutal crimes. Floyd "Jay" Has The Eagle Jr., 26, was sentenced by Judge Sam E. Haddon to life in prison for each of two counts of felony murder, a count of first-degree murder and a count of second degree murder, all stemming from the stabbing deaths of Calvin Snell, 69, and Doreen Manzanares, 62, at their residence in Lodge Pole Dec. 17, 2008. Has The Eagle, who was out on bond on charges including attempted homicide at the time of the murders, was convicted after a two-and-a-half day trial in the federal court in Great Falls in late October. Monday Haddon ordered two of the four life sentences to run together, followed by the other two life sentences Which also will run together. He sentenced Has The Eagle to 20 years in prison on a count of burglary, stemming from the same incident, to run concurrently with the first set of life sentences. Haddon ordered Has The Eagle to pay $4,241.91 in restitution and pay a $500 special assessment. Has The Eagle was charged with multiple homicides for the deaths and for killing the victims while committing another felony crime, burglary. He was arrested Dec. 17, 2008, after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a lengthy chase after killing Snell and Manzanares. A neighbor of Snell and Manzanares called the authorities after seeing Has The Eagle enter their residence early in the morning and leave a few minutes later in their vehicle. Law enforcement officials, who discovered the bodies of Snell and Manzanares in their residence, then attempted to stop the vehicle. Has The Eagle led Fort Belknap Tribal Police and Blaine and Phillips county sheriff's deputies on a chase from Lodge Pole into Phillips County and back onto the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. He was apprehended after he barricaded himself in his home. Has The Eagle has a long criminal history in Montana and was out on release on state charges when the incident occurred. He was incarcerated in the Hill County Detention Center Sept. 16, 2008, on charges of attempted deliberate homicide, assault with a weapon and aggravated assault. The charges stemmed from an Aug. 30 incident in which Has The Eagle was accused of beating a man on the head with a rock near Dodson and leaving him for dead. He was released on Dec. 1, 2008. Has The Eagle had just been released from a federal sentence on a count of assault with a deadly weapon before the August incident. He was indicted on the federal assault charge on June 17, 2004, and pleaded guilty in a plea agreement on Sept. 22, 2004. He was sentenced on Dec. 12, 2004, to 33 months with the Bureau of Prisons followed by three years of special release. Has The Eagle appeared twice more in federal court for violating conditions of his release on that sentence. On Sept. 18, 2006, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by 18 months supervised release. On Feb. 19, 2008, he was sentenced to six months in prison for violating conditions of his release.

 

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