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Pedro Garcia-vargas Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on January 26, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, PEDRO GARCIA-VARGAS, a 39-year-old citizen of Mexico, appeared for sentencing. GARCIA-VARGAS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 120 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

GARCIA-VARGAS was sentenced in connection with his 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:

In the later part of 2009, GARCIA-VARGAS was involved in a conspiracy with other individuals to distribute methamphetamine in the Billings area.

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