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Michael L. Wilke Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, November 04, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on November 4, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MICHAEL L. WILKE, a 27-year-old resident of Dillon, appeared for sentencing. WILKE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 72 months

Special Assessment: $100

Forfeiture: computer

Supervised Release: 15 years

WILKE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of child pornography.

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

As part of an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation, a search warrant for WILKE's residence in Dillon as obtained. It was determined that WILKE had resided at the house since 2002.

During the search, a Dell Inspiron 537 was seized and forensically examined. Images and videos of child pornography were located on the Dell computer which had been connected to the Internet and set up in the kitchen. The graphics and videos were created between April 19, 2010, and July 25, 2010.

When questioned, WILKE admitted he had downloaded child pornography via LimeWire on the Dell computer. He admitted he sought child pornography out, and explained how he downloaded the files.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WILKE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WILKE 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 Montana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Helena Police Department, and the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.



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