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Brian Klobuchar Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 25, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, BRIAN KLOBUCHAR, a 46-year-old resident of Ravalli County, appeared for sentencing. KLOBUCHAR was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months, consecutive to a state probation revocation
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

KLOBUCHAR was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to disposal of hazardous waste without a permit.

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:

On September 10, 2008, KLOBUCHAR was observed dumping numerous chemicals into a latrine at a campsite at the Bass Creek Campground in Ravalli County. These chemicals were tested and the conclusion was that they included acetone. KLOBUCHAR did not have a permit to dispose of the hazardous waste.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that KLOBUCHAR will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, KLOBUCHAR 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 Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service.



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