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Sergey Svetlichny Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 29, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, SERGEY SVETLICHNY, a 21-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. SVETLICHNY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 37 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

SVETLICHNY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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 5, 2010, law enforcement officers stopped a silver Audi sedan that was traveling eastbound on I-90 between Huson and Frenchtown. The registered owner and driver was J.R., who gave signed consent to search his vehicle. The search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of approximately 145 grams of cocaine. The cocaine was hidden in a compartment located in the center of the rear passenger seats. SVETLICHNY was the front seat passenger of the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that SVETLICHNY was involved in the distribution of cocaine from approximately September 2009 through February of 2010. Various witnesses would have testified that SVETLICHNY was responsible during this time frame for the distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine in and around Missoula and Mineral counties.

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



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