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Kim Brien Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on December 29, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, KIM BRIEN, a 35-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared for sentencing. BRIEN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 30 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 4 years

BRIEN was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

On three separate occasions, twice in October 2008, and once in November 2008, on the Crow Indian Reservation and in the Hardin area, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) confidential source purchased meth from BRIEN. The three sales were for .78 grams of meth, 3 grams of meth, and .48 grams of meth.

When interviewed, BRIEN admitted that she had been distributing meth for about six or seven months, and she also admitted that she obtained one-quarter ounce of meth at least once per week. BRIEN further admitted that she helped weigh and package multiple ounce quantities of meth on at least two occasions.

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



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