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Jose Manuel Corchado, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 5, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JOSE MANUEL CORCHADO, JR., a 21-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. CORCHADO was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 8 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 2 years

CORCHADO was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of a stolen firearm.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In the early evening of March 27, 2008, Billings Police Department officers were sent to investigate a burglary in progress. In the area, they encountered a vehicle with multiple occupants and two males walking toward that car. The two men matched the description of the burglary suspects. Multiple officers converged and detained the two men and the occupants of the vehicle. The two men were identified as CORCHADO and J.R. Officers located a firearm on J.R.'s person, a "Jennings NINE," 9mm semi-automatic pistol. CORCHADO had $6,556 in cash on his person, $6,000 of which was in a clear plastic baggie.

When J.R. was asked where he got the firearm, he said it belonged to CORCHADO. Law enforcement later discovered the pistol had been stolen on December 16, 2007. When interviewed, CORCHADO admitted possession of the gun. When advised that the gun was stolen, CORCHADO declined to state where or how he acquired it and the interview concluded.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CORCHADO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CORCHADO 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 Billings Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws. In Montana, the effort under PSN is called "Catch and No Release."



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