Posted: Oct 30, 2013 8:23 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 8:24 PM
GREAT FALLS - Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teenager charged with raping and beating a girl last October, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to raping the 11-year-old victim.
Kuebler, 16-years-old, confessed to sexually assaulting the victim against her will.
Judge Greg Pinski asked Kuebler to state in his own words what he did to the victim.
Kuebler also made news several weeks ago by throwing himself over the district courthouse balcony, causing serious injuries.
After the balcony incident, Pinksi ordered Kuebler to the Pine Hills detention facility in eastern Montana for a mental health evaluation.
Kuebler said in court on Wednesday he is mentally capable of changing his plea to guilty.
Previously, he had planned on entering an Alford plea for the same charge.
Kuebler will be sentenced in the upcoming months.
(February 22, 2013)
Kaleb Kuebler, the Great Falls teen accused of raping and beating an 11-year-old girl in October 2012, was in court on Friday morning and waived his right to a transfer hearing, meaning that he will be tried in District Court as an adult instead of in juvenile court.
Judge Greg Pinski asked Kuebler multiple times if he was sure he wanted to proceed in this fashion, and Kuebler insisted.
Kuebler, now 16, faces two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, attempted kidnapping and tampering with a witness; he is scheduled to be tried as an adult.
If convicted on all charges, Kuebler could face up to 340 years in prison.
Court documents state that Kuebler admitted to luring the young girl into an alley by stealing her hat. He also admits to forcing her to perform oral sex, forcibly removing her clothing, and attempting other sexual acts.
The victim told investigators that Kuebler lifted her off the ground while choking her from behind. He also allegedly forced her to reveal her home address and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the assault.
The paperwork states that the victim was eventually released and allowed to walk away.
Kuebler's trial date has been set for September 16th.