A Montana teen was sentenced to 75 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old girl as she walked home from school in 2012.
Kaleb Kuebler, who was 15 at the time of the assault, must register as a sex offender and complete a treatment program before he would be eligible for parole.
Judge Greg Pinski of Cascade County District Court suspended 10 years off Kuebler’s sentence, bringing it down to 65. He was also ordered to pay $135,000 in restitution for the victim’s counseling expenses.
The victim, now 12, said she feared for her life during the attack.
“I felt like I was going to die,” she testified.
Kuebler stopped the girl on her way home from school, stole her hat, and lured her to an alley, where he raped and assaulted her. He then demanded her address and threatened her not to tell anyone about the attack.
“We never thought this was going to happen to me,” she said. “We thought I was safe.”
“I want him to go away for a long time,” she added.
While awaiting trial, Kuebler jumped a railing from the third floor of the Cascade County Courthouse and fell 20 feet onto the second-floor rotunda. He landed on his head and had to be hospitalized.
He also assaulted a fellow inmate, beating him nearly to death, Pinski noted.
"It is very clear to this court that the public will not be protected unless Mr. Kuebler is incarcerated for a lengthy term," Pinski said, citing a "substantial lack of impulse control that reveals itself in horrific violence."