Gail Hoppel 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 April 9, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, GAIL HOPPEL, a 45-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. HOPPEL was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 120 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 5 years
HOPPEL was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Between January of 2004 and December 2006, HOPPEL was involved with several other individuals in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine in the Billings area.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HOPPEL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HOPPEL 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.