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Richard Roy Corman Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, April 22, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on April 20, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, RICHARD ROY CORMAN, a 61-year-old resident of Edmonton, Alberta, appeared for sentencing. CORMAN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 4 months and 16 days (time served)

Supervised Release: 1 year

CORMAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to attempted illegal re-entry after deportation.

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

On January 3, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Sweetgrass, Port of Entry encountered a vehicle bearing Alberta, Canada, license plates in the primary vehicle inspection lane at the port of entry upon its arrival from Canada. The vehicle passed by the automated license plate reader, then proceeded past the primary inspection booth without stopping for the driver to present himself for inspection and make application to enter the United States. The automatic license plate reader alerted CBP officers that the license plate matched a National Crime Information Center ("NCIC") record of a stolen license plate from Alberta, Canada. CBP officers sounded an audible alarm which could be heard throughout the exterior of the port of entry. This alarm caused the vehicle directly in front of the CORMAN's vehicle to stop, blocking it from exiting the port of entry.

A subsequent fingerprint comparison of CORMAN indicated that he was previously deported and removed from the United States on April 5, 2010, and was barred from re-entering the United States for five years.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CORMAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CORMAN 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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection.



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