William Cushing Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 20, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, WILLIAM CUSHING, a 63-year-old resident of Sedona, Arizona, appeared for sentencing. CUSHING was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 33 months
- Special Assessment: $100
- Fine: $45,000
- Forfeiture: $60,000
- Supervised Release: 5 years
CUSHING was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora stated the government would have proved at trial the following:
From 2003 until sometime in 2009, CUSHING was involved with other individuals in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine in the Red Lodge area.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CUSHING will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CUSHING 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 Drug Enforcement Administration, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, and the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.