Santana Cruz Ledeau, a 27-year-old man from Wolf Point, Montana, has been sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison for his involvement in a violent crime spree. Ledeau pleaded guilty in May to attempted carjacking and using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The sentencing was presided over by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris.
The crime spree began on September 30, 2022, in Billings, when Ledeau carjacked a woman at gunpoint in a hospital parking lot. He pointed a gun at her, demanded her keys, and pepper sprayed her before fleeing in her vehicle. The stolen car was later found in Musselshell County.
On October 17, 2022, Ledeau and a female companion were driving a stolen white truck in Great Falls. Ledeau fired a pistol into the air during a fight outside a motel and was involved in a hit-and-run accident. He then attempted to carjack a Buick sedan by shooting at it, but the driver refused to give up his vehicle. Ledeau fled the scene and continued driving south on I-15.
When Ledeau reached Cascade, he ran out of gas. A man offered to help him get gas, but Ledeau threatened the driver with a knife and demanded his car. As law enforcement arrived, Ledeau drove the stolen car at officers, forcing them to flee. He then drove the wrong way on I-15 at a high speed before crashing near Simms.
At the crash scene, officers found Ledeau in possession of a pistol that matched the description of the gun used in the initial carjacking. Ledeau was intoxicated and belligerent, and officers recovered ammunition and empty ammunition boxes from the stolen truck.
U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich commended the law enforcement agencies involved in apprehending Ledeau and holding him accountable for his crimes. He expressed gratitude to the Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Attorney’s Office, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Billings Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for their outstanding work on the case.