Martin Ray Houle Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 22, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, MARTIN RAY HOULE, a 31-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. HOULE was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 17 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
HOULE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. Thaggard, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In approximately July of 2009, members of the Great Falls Safe Streets Task Force began to investigate allegations that certain individuals in Great Falls, including HOULE, had distributed cocaine.
As part of the investigation, the officers learned from B.A. that HOULE distributed approximately one ounce of cocaine to B.A. between April and June 2009. B.A., in turn, distributed the cocaine to others in the Great Falls area.
On August 10, 2009, two members of the Great Falls Safe Streets Task Force interviewed HOULE. HOULE admitted that in approximately March 2009, he was approached by Reynaldo Medina who asked for his assistance in distributing cocaine in Great Falls. HOULE admitted that between March and June 2009, he assisted Medina by distributing between two and three ounces of cocaine.
Medina pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HOULE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HOULE 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 Great Falls Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.