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Jim Stone Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 31, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, JIM STONE, a 55-year-old resident of St. Xavier, appeared for sentencing. STONE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 240 months
  • Fine: $20,000
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

STONE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to 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:

The United States would have introduced physical evidence, including methamphetamine wrapped in bindles found on STONE on October 30, 2007, and digital scales with methamphetamine residue, packaging materials, baggies, drug ledgers and other paraphernalia found in the search of STONE'S home on October 31, 2007, and again on February 3, 2008.

Also recovered was methamphetamine that STONE threw out of his car on February 3, 2008, while being pursued by law enforcement officers and methamphetamine distributed by STONE to an undercover informant on January 21, 2008, in Big Horn County.

Several witnesses, who were customers of STONE, would have testified that they purchased methamphetamine from STONE for redistribution. One witness, S.R., would have testified that she received methamphetamine in 1/4 gram, 1/2 gram and eight-ball quantities on almost a daily basis for a two year period, which totalled over several pounds. Another witness, P.S., received free methamphetamine and purchased methamphetamine from STONE at his home in St. Xavier. STONE would provide syringes to inject the methamphetamine. This witness observed STONE in possession of a container similar to a 39-ounce coffee can full of methamphetamine for redistribution.

Yet another witness, L.Y., would detail STONE'S direct and continuous sale of methamphetamine on the Crow Indian Reservation. G.S., B.S. and others observed STONE with multiple ounces of methamphetamine or were involved when STONE'S source of supply caused methamphetamine to be delivered to him for redistribution in Big Horn County. A.S. would have detailed the methamphetamine delivered by STONE to her, which was in excess of two pounds.

STONE distributed in excess of 2 kilos of methamphetamine.

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