Richard Solomon Johnson Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 8, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RICHARD SOLOMON JOHNSON, a 31-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. JOHNSON was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 78 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 4 years
JOHNSON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On March 5, 2008, JOHNSON was arrested and found to be in possession of a Glock .40 handgun. When questioned by law enforcement, he admitted to selling methamphetamine and cocaine (in both powder and rock form). JOHNSON also admitted that he had obtained the Glock approximately two weeks earlier as payment for a drug debt. JOHNSON indicated he carried the Glock prior to his arrest for protection of himself and his drug operation.
JOHNSON further admitted he had distributed 16 ounces of powder cocaine and 3 ounces of rock cocaine from 2006 up to his arrest on March 5, 2008.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JOHNSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JOHNSON does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.