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Russell Danilovich Konkin Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 20, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, RUSSELL DANILOVICH KONKIN, a 23-year-old resident of Helena, appeared for sentencing. KONKIN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 60 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

KONKIN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to the use or possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime or in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

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:

On February 23, 2009, KONKIN and another individual both fired a Hi-Point 9mm pistol near Helena. Witnesses would have testified that KONKIN possessed this pistol, at least in part, to defend himself and his marijuana as he was engaged in the business of distributing marijuana at the time.

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



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