Julio Gonzalez, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on July 7, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JULIO GONZALEZ, JR., a 35-year-old resident of Great Falls, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Sentencing is set for August 5, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
From June 2008 through October 29, 2008, GONZALEZ, along with Mark Steen, sold methamphetamine out of Steen's residence in Great Falls. Steen lived across the street from Charles M. Russell High School. GONZALEZ sold more than 50, but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine out of the residence.
Steen pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.
GONZALEZ faces possible penalties of a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and could be sentenced to 80 years, a $2,000,000 fine and at least 8 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.