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Donavon Kieth Hurlbert Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 3, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, DONAVON KIETH HURLBERT, a 46-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. HURLBERT was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 120 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

HURLBERT was sentenced in connection with his 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.

HURLBERT's role within the organization was that of a mid-level supplier. He bought methamphetamine from Anthony Kerner and distributed that meth in Butte and Bozeman. Law enforcement officers interviewed HURLBERT's co-conspirators as well as some of his customers, all of whom corroborated HURLBERT's involvement in the conspiracy. When interviewed, he admitted that he bought at least 52 ounces (1,474 grams) of methamphetamine.

Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at HURLBERT's Butte residence on September 14, 2009. They seized methamphetamine, drug ledgers, and other indicia consistent with the use and distribution of methamphetamine.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HURLBERT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HURLBERT 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force.



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