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Donald James Konshuk Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 06, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 5, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DONALD JAMES KONSHUK, a 37-year-old resident of Lolo, appeared for sentencing. KONSHUK was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 175 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

KONSHUK was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

In April 2008, KONSHUK and another individual, hereafter referred to as "John Doe," began transporting large quantities of methamphetamine from the state of Washington to the Missoula area every three to four days.

On November 2, 2008, a controlled purchase was conducted between "John Doe," KONSHUK, and an undercover agent in Great Falls. The undercover agent purchased approximately 23 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine (3.5 grams of actual methamphetamine) and 96 grams of marijuana.

On November 7, 2008, a second controlled purchase was conducted between KONSHUK and an undercover agent in Great Falls. The undercover agent purchased approximately 67 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine (5.8 grams of actual methamphetamine) and 109 grams of marijuana.

On November 14, 2008, a third controlled purchase was conducted between KONSHUK and an undercover agent in Great Falls. The undercover agent purchased approximately 52 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine (18.1 grams of actual methamphetamine) and 56 grams of marijuana from "John Doe."

On November 19, 2008 a fourth controlled purchase was planned between the undercover agent and KONSHUK. Prior to this deal, agents conducted a traffic stop on KONSHUK and his vehicle. Search warrants were obtained for the vehicle and KONSHUK'S residence. Approximately 146 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine (84.8 grams of actual methamphetamine) were recovered from these search warrants.

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

 

 

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