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Chase Ray Strike 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, CHASE RAY STRIKE, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. STRIKE was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 160 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

STRIKE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute ecstacy and distribution of ecstacy.

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:

On October 1, 2008, Montana Probation and Parole Officers conducted a search of a home in Billings after receiving reports that the house had possible drug activity. One of the occupants, STRIKE, was on felony probation through the Montana Department of Corrections and had reported that he was using his roommate's Cadillac for transportation. The roommate, Nicholas Kojetin, was also present during the search. When probation officers searched the Cadillac, they discovered 1,501 ecstasy pills and psilocybin mushrooms. Officers also found paperwork tying STRIKE to its use.

Task Force officers responded and interviewed Kojetin, who admitted that STRIKE had been predominantly using his vehicle. Kojetin admitted that STRIKE had made a trip in his car to purchase 1,000 ecstacy pills and also received 1,000 ecstacy pills on a front, for a total of 2,000 pills. STRIKE had returned to Billings the previous day, September 30, 2008.

An analysis by the DEA Lab found that the 1,501 tablets weighed 393.4 grams and contained 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine hydrochloride with the amount of pure drug being 135.0 grams.

Kojetin pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STRIKE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STRIKE 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 the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force, Montana Probation and Parole and the Billings Police Department.



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