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Mark Steen Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on March 30, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MARK STEEN appeared for sentencing. STEEN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 60 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

STEEN 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:

From June 2008 through October 29, 2008, STEEN and Julio Gonzalez sold methamphetamine out of STEEN's residence in Great Falls. STEEN lived across the street from Charles M. Russell High School. STEEN admitted to selling approximately 75-150 grams of methamphetamine in total. The total amount of methamphetamine sold out of STEEN's residence was approximately 180 to 400 grams.

Gonzalez pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STEEN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STEEN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.



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