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Jason Ryan Holden Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on April 6, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JASON RYAN HOLDEN, a 20-year-old resident of Havre, appeared for sentencing. HOLDEN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 240 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: lifetime

HOLDEN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In May 2008, an FBI operation targeting peer-to-peer file sharing networks offering child pornography determined that a computer in a Havre residence had images of child pornography available to other peer-to-peer users.

When contacted by FBI agents at the residence, HOLDEN admitted to using the LimeWire file sharing program to download child pornography to his computers. HOLDEN informed the agents that he had started downloading the images in 2006. HOLDEN admitted that he had downloaded images depicting children from two years of age to sixteen years of age. He further admitted that the images were of nude children and children engaged in sexual acts. HOLDEN stated that he downloaded approximately 2,500 images of child pornography between 2006 and 2008.

A forensic analysis of HOLDEN'S computer revealed more than 600 images of child pornography, including 180 graphic still images and 14 videos. The images included depictions of sexual penetration of children under the age of twelve. The images of child pornography on HOLDEN'S computer were downloaded from the Internet, primarily through the LimeWire file sharing program.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HOLDEN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HOLDEN 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 Michael S. Lahr prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



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