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Miranda Lee Sheridan Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 29, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MIRANDA LEE SHERIDAN, age 25, appeared for sentencing. SHERIDAN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 24 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

SHERIDAN was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

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

On February 6, 2007, SHERIDAN was sentenced to three years deferred in Missoula County for issuing bad checks-common scheme. This sentence was revoked on December 18, 2007, and SHERIDAN was sentenced to 8 years, with 5 years suspended. As of October 2009, SHERIDAN was on conditional release from the Women's Prison in Billings.

On October 8, 2009, SHERIDAN's probation officer went to the residence of another offender, S.V., who tested positive for methamphetamine. Additionally, the officer received information that SHERIDAN and her brother had involvement in a burglary of large amounts of cash ($60,000 to $80,000) in another county. When the probation officer and other officers arrived at the residence of S.V., they observed SHERIDAN walking rapidly or running away from a vehicle that was parked out front. This vehicle was known to belong to SHERIDAN, although it was temporarily registered to a friend of hers, L.S., who was also supervised by the same probation officer.

S.V. told the probation officer that the woman they saw walking away from the vehicle was in fact SHERIDAN and that the vehicle belonged to SHERIDAN. The officer decided to search the vehicle. In the trunk, the probation officer located a Cobra model FS380 .380 semi-auto pistol. The firearm was loaded with 5 rounds in the magazine. Also in the trunk was a box of 45 rounds of .380 ammunition; $3,000 in cash; assorted drug paraphernalia and several items of clothing and several pairs of new men's shoes.

A witness would testify the recovered firearm was not manufactured in the State of Montana and traveled in or affected interstate commerce before SHERIDAN possessed them.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SHERIDAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SHERIDAN 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 Montana Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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