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David Lee Sims Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 16, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, DAVID LEE SIMS, a 56-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. SIMS was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 108 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 5 years

SIMS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute/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:

Between 2006 and August of 2009, SIMS was involved in a conspiracy to possess and distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine in the Billings area.

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