Matthew Lamonaca Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 5, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, MATTHEW LAMONACA, age 31, appeared for sentencing. LAMONACA was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 20 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 4 years
LAMONACA was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On September 8, 2008, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents surveilled LAMONACA at a Self Storage following a suspected drug deal. Follow up on the storage unit showed LAMONACA had a gun safe in the unit he was renting.
On September 9, 2008, DEA agents received a federal search warrant for LAMONACA's residence. During that search, keys to a storage facility lock were seized.
When interviewed, LAMONACA provided consent to search the safe he maintained in his storage locker. He stated that the agents would find approximately 1 pound of cocaine, a scale, bong and other miscellaneous drug paraphernalia in the safe.
On September 12, 2008, a black Centurion safe by Liberty was searched and the following were seized:
On October 24, 2008, the white powder substances were tested by the DEA laboratory and a detectable amount of the substance (77 grams) was positive for cocaine.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LAMONACA will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LAMONACA 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 Drug Enforcement Administration.