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Devlin Eugene Moore and Christian Thomas Gochis Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on December 17, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, DEVLIN EUGENE MOORE, a 45-year-old resident formerly of Meridian, Mississippi and currently of Trenton, North Dakota, and CHRISTIAN THOMAS GOCHIS, a 40-year-old resident of Drummond, appeared for sentencing. They were each sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 60 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

They were sentenced after having been found guilty during a 3-day trial of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart prosecuted the case for the United States.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.



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