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Chareya Rita Mary Denny Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on September 19, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, CHAREYA RITA MARY DENNY, a 33-year-old resident of Fort Belknap, appeared for sentencing. DENNY was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 45 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

DENNY was sentenced in connection with her 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. DENNY was identified as being involved.

On March 17, 2010, Task Force officers conducted and documented a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from DENNY. DENNY distributed approximately

The substance purchased from DENNY was subsequently submitted to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratory for testing. The substance purchased from DENNY tested positive for methamphetamine.

When questioned, DENNY also admitted she distributed methamphetamine. DENNY stated that between January and April 2010, she purchased approximately an "eight ball" of methamphetamine every other day. DENNY admitted that she would sell half of an "eight ball" every other day, and save the rest for personal use.

A co-conspirator would have testified that sometime between December 2009 and February 2010, he sold DENNY approximately one ounce of methamphetamine for distribution. A witness would also have testified that he purchased .5 to one gram amounts of methamphetamine from DENNY on multiple occasions in late 2009 and early 2010.

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



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