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Steven B. Nava, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 29, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, STEVEN B. NAVA, JR., a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. NAVA was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 120 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

NAVA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to two different conspiracies to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana.

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 2003 and 2006 in Billings, NAVA was involved in conspiracies with other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute over 100 kilos of marijuana, a Schedule I controlled substance.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that NAVA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, NAVA 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 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.



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