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Casey Bell and Robert Maurer Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 4, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CASEY BELL, age 22, and ROBERT MAURER, age 23, residents of Missoula, appeared for sentencing.

BELL was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 12 months and 1 day
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

MAURER was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 63 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

They were sentenced in connection with their guilty pleas 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:

From approximately June of 2009 through January of 2010, MAURER and BELL sold cocaine in and around the Missoula area. Initially, MAURER was BELL's supplier for cocaine, but then BELL started to go directly to MAURER's supplier, A.L. MAURER and BELL would take trips to Spokane together to pick up cocaine from A.L.

On January, 27, 2010, BELL and MAURER were stopped in a vehicle by law enforcement officers that contained approximately eight ounces of cocaine. A search was later conducted on BELL's residence and 3.5 ounces of cocaine were discovered.

A controlled source would have testified to purchasing a total of eight ounces of cocaine from BELL over three occasions. When questioned, BELL admitted to obtaining several kilograms of cocaine from A.L. and then distributing it in the Missoula area.

When questioned, MAURER admitted to obtaining approximately 3.5 kilograms of cocaine from A.L. and then distributing it in the Missoula area.

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 conducted by Drug Enforcement Administration.



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