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Champagne sentenced to 40 years for sex assault

A Havre man convicted of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl will spend at least 15 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

A jury found Clarence Edward Champagne, born in 1969, guilty of sexual assault following a three-day trial in August, after deliberating for 13 minutes.

Judge Laurie McKinnon of Shelby sentenced him Friday in state District Court in Havre to 40 years in the Montana State Prison.

McKinnon ordered that Champagne would not be eligible for parole for 15 years and ordered him to pay restitution, with the restitution ongoing to the extent that the victim need...


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