Roman Castro 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 February 25, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ROMAN CASTRO, a resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. CASTRO was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 80 months
- Special Assessment: $200
- Supervised Release: 4 years
CASTRO was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
CASTRO made the following hand-to-hand distributions of methamphetamine to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives:
March 31, 2007; and
April 6, 2007.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CASTRO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CASTRO 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 High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the City-County Special Investigation Unit in Billings, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, which includes the Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.