A 49-year-old man was ordered to prison Wednesday for raping a teen in 2016.
Robert Leeroy Fortman was sentenced to 50 years in the Montana State Prison with 20 years suspended. District Court Judge Donald Harris followed the joint sentencing recommendation laid out in a plea deal.
Fortman admitted to raping a 15-year-old girl multiple times over two months in 2016.
“You ruined my self-esteem, my confidence, and worst of all, you took my pride and what little time I had left to be a child,” the girl said, reading from a prepared statement.
The victim’s mother also testified, saying her daughter had suffered depression and anxiety because of the rapes. She told Fortman that “there are days we live five minutes at a time because of you.”
Fortman spoke briefly before the judge handed down the sentence.
“All I can say, and I know it’s probably not enough, is I’m sorry,” he said.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a second count of sexual assault at sentencing.
The judge designated Fortman a level two sex offender and stipulated that he complete the first two phases of sex offender treatment in prison before being released on parole.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Brett Linneweber said those two phases could take five and a half years or more to complete, once Fortman is enrolled in the treatment course. Enrollment is based on parole eligibility dates.
Fortman's conviction record includes sexual assault in 1999 and immoral or indecent acts with a child in 2000, both convictions in Wyoming. He also has convictions in Wyoming for stalking and violating a protection order.