Jeffrey Marshall 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 Great Falls, on February 9, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JEFFREY MARSHALL, a 37-year-old resident of Havre, appeared for sentencing. MARSHALL was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 200 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 6 years
MARSHALL was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On December 15, 2008, after receiving information from a confidential informant that a black male was distributing drugs to another person on the Fort Belknap Reservation, Tribal officers responded to the area in which the crime took place. They observed a vehicle driven by MARSHALL, who is a black male.
The officers stopped the vehicle. MARSHALL got out of the vehicle and was running away when he was apprehended by Tribal officers. The officers found MARSHALL'S vehicle keys on a key ring in the snow. A metal container attached to the key ring contained a crystal substance. Near the key ring, the officers found a black case which contained methamphetamine packaged for distribution. They also found similarly packaged methamphetamine in MARSHALL'S wallet.
An agent from the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force took custody of the substance seized from MARSHALL'S person, found in the black bag, and in the container on MARSHALL'S key ring. Those substances were tested by the DEA Laboratory, and found to contain a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Collectively, MARSHALL possessed slightly under 13 grams of a substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MARSHALL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MARSHALL 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 Rebekah J. French prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force.