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Charles Bernard Parke Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on October 15, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, CHARLES BERNARD PARKE, a 40-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. PARKE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 262 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

PARKE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana.

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

On October 23, 2008, Butte Police officers were looking for PARKE in order to arrest him for an outstanding warrant for a violation of his state probation. Acting on a tip, they went to a residence where PARKE was believed to be hiding.

The officers observed PARKE in the vicinity of the residence. Although he began to run, officers eventually caught up to him. Just as they did, PARKE threw away a bag. The bag contained over three hundred grams of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. The amount of methamphetamine was consistent with the amount one would possess for purposes of distribution, rather than simple use.

When PARKE was searched, officers recovered a small bag of methamphetamine and four bags of marijuana packaged for sale.

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



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