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Shawn Hilliard Davis Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 6, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, SHAWN HILLIARD DAVIS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 66 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

DAVIS 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:

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.

DAVIS' role within the organization was that of a drug transporter. He traveled back and forth between Butte and Arizona, both driving and flying. He took money down to Arizona to pay for methamphetamine, and transported meth back to Butte to be distributed in southwestern and central Montana.

When he was interviewed on January 4, 2010, DAVIS described in detail his involvement in the conspiracy. He admitted taking several trips to Arizona and transporting between one and two pounds back to Montana on each trip, for a total of approximately 12 to 15 pounds. DAVIS said that when he flew he brought one pound back and when he drove he brought two pounds. DAVIS also admitted that he received either $2,000 or one ounce of meth for each pound of meth that he transported.

The United States obtained documents that would have shown that DAVIS flew from Butte to Arizona on Delta Airlines on approximately August 12, 2009, August 31, 2009, September 16, 2009, September 22, 2009, and October 6, 2009.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that DAVIS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, DAVIS 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.



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