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Marty Hoppel Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, April 09, 2009

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, MARTY HOPPEL, a resident of Billings, pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for July 9, 2009. He is currently detained.

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 in the Billings area.

HOPPEL faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and could be sentenced to life, a $4,000,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

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.



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