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Linda Loretta Selph Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 16, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, LINDA LORETTA SELPH, a 47-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. SELPH was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 158 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: $9,914.10 cash
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

SELPH was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.

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

The Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force was investigating the street distribution of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. In 2008, a series of controlled buys occurred and it was determined that the source of methamphetamine was SELPH.

On January 23, 2009, a search warrant was executed at SELPH's residence in Billings. Officers seized 105.4 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine in a safe maintained by SELPH. Other drug paraphernalia, cutting agents, scales and $9,914.10 in cash were also recovered.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SELPH will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SELPH 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.



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