Moriah Rose Beckman Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 22, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MORIAH ROSE BECKMAN, a 19-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. BECKMAN was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 63 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Restitution: $13,172.57
- Supervised Release: 5 years
BECKMAN was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force have been investigating a methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Butte area since 2008. The organization is responsible for distributing pounds of meth in Silver Bow, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin Counties.
On October 8, 2009, Anthony Kerner, one of BECKMAN's co-conspirators bonded her out of the Jefferson County Detention Center in Boulder. BECKMAN and Kerner then drove to Montana City to sell three ounces of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Before the deal transpired, BECKMAN and Kerner were stopped and arrested. Officers searched the vehicle they were driving and seized six ounces of meth.
BECKMAN was interviewed on October 5 and October 13, 2009. During the second interview she admitted her involvement in the conspiracy and specifically acknowledged that she bought eight-ball quantities of methamphetamine every day during the summer of 2009 to distribute to other people. One eight-ball per day for three months is approximately 297 grams of methamphetamine.
Kerner 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 BECKMAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BECKMAN 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.