Windy Werner 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 May 13, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, WINDY WERNER, a former resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. WERNER was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 1 year and 1 day
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 4 years
WERNER was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Beginning in late 2002 and through 2004, WERNER was involved in a conspiracy with Saul Nuno and other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.
WERNER assisted in unpackaging, repackaging, weighing, sorting and distributing marijuana during the period of the conspiracy. Over 100 kilograms of marijuana was involved in the conspiracy.
Nuno pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WERNER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WERNER 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 a cooperative effort between the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.