Richard Arnold Stine and Connie Holland Stine Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on September 23, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, RICHARD ARNOLD STINE, age 58, and CONNIE HOLLAND STINE, age 58, residents of Helena, appeared for sentencing. They each received the following sentence:
- Prison: 135 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Fine: $11,110 joint and several
- Supervised Release: 5 years
They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas 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:
RICHARD and CONNIE STINE had been suspected of dealing methamphetamine for approximately ten years in the Helena area. In January of 2010, law enforcement officers did a controlled buy in which an undercover individual bought methamphetamine from the STINES.
After the purchase, a search warrant was executed on their residence in Helena during which more than eight ounces of methamphetamine were seized. When questioned, they both admitted to selling methamphetamine in the Helena area for the past ten years.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do 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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Missouri River Drug Task Force.