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Great Falls woman who sold child for sex gets 50 years in prison


A mistrial was declared Tuesday in the trial of Corena Marie Mountain Chief, who is accused of sexual abuse of children.

In Great Falls on Monday, a Missoula County District Court judge sentenced a woman to 50 years in prison for selling a five-year-old girl to a man for sexual purposes.

Judge John Larson sentenced Corena Marie Mountain Chief, 43, to 100 years in the Montana Women’s Prison with 50 years suspended. She will not be eligible for parole for 25 of those years, and she must register as a tier 1 sex offender.

She received credit for nearly two years of time served.

Mountain Chief was charged in 2019 with sexual abuse of children and trafficking of persons, both felonies, after a 12-year-old girl reported that Mountain Chief had sold her to Edwin Eugene Sherbondy, who sexually abused her when she was five years old.

The trafficking charge was later dismissed.

The girl came forward after seeing 77-year-old Sherbondy’s mugshot when police charged him with child endangerment and trafficking of persons in an unrelated case.

On Sept. 25, Sherbondy was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 25 suspended for trafficking of persons, as well as another 5-year suspended sentence for witness tampering. He’s currently housed at the Riverside Special Needs Unit in Boulder.

Eugene Edwin Sherbondy

Mountain Chief’s first trial in October of 2019 ended in a mistrial after the jury could not reach a verdict. At a second trial, a new jury found Mountain Chief guilty of sexual abuse of children.

At her sentencing hearing, Mountain Chief spoke about her drug and alcohol abuse, saying she’d suffered a loss in her family and was raising her children by herself when the incident occurred.


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