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Connor O’callaghan Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, April 22, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 21, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, CONNOR O'CALLAGHAN, a 19-year-old resident of Wichita, Kansas, appeared for sentencing. O'CALLAGHAN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 40 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 5 years

O'CALLAGHAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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

O'CALLAGHAN and Matthew Shrull sold cocaine in and around the Missoula area from approximately May of 2009 through February of 2010 by obtaining the cocaine through various trips to Oregon and Washington.

On or about February 12, 2010 O'CALLAGHAN and Shrull had pooled approximately $2,350 and drove to Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, they obtained approximately 2 ounces of cocaine. O'CALLAGHAN and Shrull used some of the cocaine and returned to Missoula on February 16, 2010, with 13/4 ounces of cocaine that they collectively distributed to various individuals.

On February 19, 2010, O'CALLAGHAN and Shrull drove to Salem, Oregon where they obtained approximately 13/4 ounces of cocaine. They returned to Missoula on February 23, 2010, and distributed the cocaine to various individuals.

On February 25, 2010, O'CALLAGHAN was interviewed and admitted to law enforcement agents about the purchase of approximately four ounces of cocaine in Oregon for distribution in Missoula. O'CALLAGHAN also stated that during November 2009 and December 2009 he made two trips to Seattle, Washington with C.B. to pick up 12 ounces and 18 ounces of cocaine respectively. O'CALLAGHAN further stated he made a trip to Salem, Oregon with C.B. and Shrull in December 2009, and obtained 500 ecstasy pills in Salem and 6-8 ounces of cocaine in Seattle. O'CALLAGHAN estimated he had received two ounces of cocaine from C.B. and 200-300 ecstasy pills.

Shrull pled guilty to federal charges and is awaiting sentencing.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that O'CALLAGHAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, O'CALLAGHAN 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 and the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force.



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