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Brandon Lee Johnson Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, November 02, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula, on October 29, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, BRANDON LEE JOHNSON, a 28-year-old resident of California, appeared for sentencing. JOHNSON was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 235 days (time served)
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

JOHNSON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to false representation of a Social Security number.

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

On May 15, 2007, in order to obtain a Montana driver's license, JOHNSON completed a driver's license form at the Montana Motor Vehicle Division. When completing the form, JOHNSON represented that Social Security account number ***-**-9048 was his, when in fact he knew that number was not assigned to him.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that JOHNSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, JOHNSON 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 Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.



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