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Gina Marie Morsette Re-sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 30, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, GINA MARIE MORSETTE, a 38-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for re-sentencing. MORSETTE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 84 months
  • Special Assessment: $ 100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

MORSETTE was re-sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute after her original sentence was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The sentence was reversed and remanded back to U.S. District Court for re-sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MORSETTE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MORSETTE 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 Joseph E. Thaggard prosecuted this case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Great Falls Police Department.



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