BILLINGS – The Billings man accused of raping three young children accepted a plea agreement Wednesday, where prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 10 years in prison.
Levi Heydon, 26, pleaded guilty in Yellowstone County District Court to two counts of sexual assault.
In exchange for Heydon’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two counts of sexual intercourse without consent.
Heydon admitted at his Wednesday change of plea hearing that he had sexual contact with two girls, ages 3 and 5, between 2011 and 2012.
Initial charges against Heydon alleged that he performed oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and raped the two girls.
The 3-year-old victim told police that Heydon told her he wanted to have sex with her because he didn’t have a girlfriend, according to court documents.
Prosecutors indicated in the plea agreement that they will recommend a sentence of 30 years to the Montana State Prison with 20 years suspended.
Heydon must also complete sex offender treatment as part of the plea agreement.
Because Heydon’s victims are under the age of 12, this case technically qualifies for a Jessica’s Law sentencing of a mandatory 100-year prison sentence.
It’s unclear how that would impact this plea agreement at sentencing.
A sentencing date for Heydon has yet to be set.
Reporting by Aja Goare for MTN News