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Merle Anthony Trombley Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 21, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MERLE ANTHONY TROMBLEY, a 36-year-old resident of Browning, appeared for sentencing. TROMBLEY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 21 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 6 years

TROMBLEY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine in a public housing facility.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On November 19th, 20th, and 29th of 2007, a confidential informant of the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force (BSTTF) purchased cocaine from TROMBLEY within 1,000 feet of a Housing and Urban Development community in Browning. The substances were analyzed and confirmed to be cocaine.

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

The investigation was conducted by the Blackfeet Safe Trails Task Force.



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