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Jose Javier Ruiz-pelayo Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on May 11, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JOSE JAVIER RUIZ-PELAYO, a 34-year-old resident of Othello, Washington, appeared for sentencing. RUIZ-PELAYO was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 70 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

RUIZ-PELAYO was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

Between about March 18, 2008, and August 16, 2008, RUIZ-PELAYO was involved in a conspiracy with other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. The total confirmed weight of methamphetamine delivered during the conspiracy was is in excess of fifty grams.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that RUIZ-PELAYO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RUIZ-PELAYO does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kory Larsen prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Central Montana Drug Task Force and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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