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Alexander William Fetters Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 24, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ALEXANDER WILLIAM FETTERS, a 33-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. FETTERS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 300 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

FETTERS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute 500 or more grams of 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:

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency, and the Southwest Montana Drug Task Force had 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.

FETTERS' was the point of contact for the source of supply of methamphetamine in Arizona. According to the statements of several co-conspirators, and FETTERS' own statements, he knew people in Arizona who were willing to sell methamphetamine and he arranged the deals for the Butte participants in the conspiracy. FETTERS would meet the runners, who included Anthony Kerner, Corinna Kerner, and others, and either provided methamphetamine directly to them or arranged a meeting with the source of supply. FETTERS was paid a particular sum of money for every pound that the organization purchased. FETTERS was arrested in Arizona in January 2010 and interviewed about his involvement in the conspiracy. He confirmed his involvement and estimated that he arranged for the purchase of 40 to 50 pounds of methamphetamine during the life of the conspiracy.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that FETTERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, FETTERS 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 and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.



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