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Julio Gonzalez, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, August 06, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on August 5, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JULIO GONZALEZ, JR., a 35-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. GONZALEZ was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 71 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 8 years

GONZALEZ was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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 has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that GONZALEZ will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, GONZALEZ 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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