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James N. Lassiter Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, August 24, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 24, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JAMES N. LASSITER, a 29-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. LASSITER was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 121 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: lifetime

LASSITER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to receipt of child pornography.

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

In June of 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents received a peer-to-peer lead indicating a computer in Great Falls had files containing images of child pornography. The computer was identified as being owned by LASSITER.

ICE agents obtained a search warrant for LASSITER'S residence in Great Falls and LASSITER'S computers were seized. When the search warrant was served, LASSITER was interviewed. LASSITER admitted to viewing, saving, receiving and possessing child pornography videos and images on his computers.

A forensic analysis of LASSITER'S computers revealed 64 video files and 59 image files depicting child pornography. A number of file names indicative of child pornography were located on a software program indicating those files had been played.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LASSITER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LASSITER 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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