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Terra Chesarek Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, July 26, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 26, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TERRA CHESAREK, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. CHESAREK was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

CHESAREK was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

CHESAREK was involved in a conspiracy to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine in the Billings area.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CHESAREK will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CHESAREK 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Eastern Montana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.



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