Brocktin James Russo Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on February 28, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, BROCKTIN JAMES RUSSO, a 20-year-old resident of Tooele, Utah, appeared for sentencing. RUSSO was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 10 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
RUSSO was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On May 17, 2009, RUSSO possessed and provided cocaine to Cory Michael Louden and Derek Gene Sherlock. Louden and Sherlock were then arrested after they went to a store in Great Falls with approximately 1.5 ounces of cocaine to sell to an undercover officer. When interviewed, Louden and Sherlock indicated that they were selling the cocaine for RUSSO.
Louden and Sherlock pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that RUSSO will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RUSSO 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Great Falls Police Department, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the Great Falls High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force (Central Montana Drug Task Force).