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Colin David Barry-dion Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, September 16, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 12, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, COLIN DAVID BARRY-DION, a 22-year-old resident of Havre, appeared for sentencing. BARRY-DION was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 56 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

BARRY-DION was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine.

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

Officers of the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force in Havre investigated individuals involved in illegally trafficking methamphetamine in the Havre area between November 2009 and April 2010. BARRY-DION was identified as being involved.

Officers approached BARRY-DION on April 7, 2010, and BARRY-DION consented to an interview. During the interview, BARRY-DION admitted that he sold methamphetamine for a period of approximately six weeks, during January and February 2010. BARRY-DION admitted selling two to three gram amounts of methamphetamine on four to five separate occasions to one individual. BARRY-DION also admitted to selling two to three gram amounts of methamphetamine to co-conspirator #1 on four to five separate occasions.

BARRY-DION further admitted that he was receiving his methamphetamine from co-conspirator #2. BARRY-DION would pick up methamphetamine from co-conspirator #2, distribute that amount to co-conspirator #1, or to other individuals, and then return the money to co-conspirator #2. BARRY-DION admitted that during the time he worked for co-conspirator #2, co-conspirator #2 possessed and distributed approximately one pound of methamphetamine.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BARRY-DION will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BARRY-DION 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 and the Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force.



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