Wendell Dean Kopp Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 21, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, WENDELL DEAN KOPP, a resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. KOPP was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: life plus 5 years
- Special Assessment: $400
- Forfeiture: $5,148 in cash
- Supervised Release: 10 years
KOPP was sentenced after having been found guilty during trial of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute/distribution of methamphetamine, possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and (2) counts of the use or possession of a firearm during a drug-trafficking crime or in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora prosecuted the case for the United States.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that KOPP will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, KOPP 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.