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Natashia Florence Decrane Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 22, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 12, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, NATASHIA FLORENCE DECRANE, a 27-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared for sentencing. DECRANE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 40 months

Special Assessment: $500

Supervised Release: 4 years

DECRANE was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine.

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

On four separate occasions, twice in February 2010, once in June 2010, and once in August 2010, all on the Crow Indian Reservation, a Bureau of Indian Affairs confidential source purchased methamphetamine from DECRANE. The four sales were for 1.1 grams, .65 grams, .10 grams, and .30 grams of methamphetamine.

When interviewed, DECRANE admitted that she had been distributing methamphetamine for an extended period of time and she identified her suppliers and customers. She further admitted that she had a number of suppliers. Specifically, she admitted that from one supplier she purchased 1/2 to 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine twice a month. From another supplier, she purchased 1/2 to 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine twice a week.

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

 

 

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