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Kenneth Lorenz Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 2, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KENNETH LORENZ, a 60-year-old resident of Fairview, appeared for sentencing. LORENZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 83 months and 22 days
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

LORENZ was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

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 2005 and 2007, LORENZ was involved in a conspiracy with other individuals to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine in Billings, Crane, Sidney, Fairview, Glendive, and other Montana and North Dakota locations.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LORENZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LORENZ 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 Sidney Police Department, the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation in Miles City, and the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.



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