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Marty Hoppel Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, August 21, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 20, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MARTY HOPPEL, a 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 his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, 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.

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.

The investigation was conducted by the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.



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