Alan Hanson Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 9, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, ALAN HANSON, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. HANSON was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 150 months
Special Assessment: $200
Supervised Release: 6 years
HANSON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
During a lengthy investigation, the Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force uncovered a cocaine distribution network that included HANSON and several other individuals.
One witness would have testified that he/she purchased one pound of cocaine from HANSON over a period of time and had observed HANSON with an SKS rifle and 9mm handgun.
Another witness would have testified that he/she purchased cocaine from HANSON in 2008 (1 gram at a time, 30 times).
A third witness would have testified that he/she bought a 9mm handgun from another individual for HANSON. He/she saw HANSON with an SKS and 9mm multiple times and had purchased multiple ounces of cocaine from HANSON for redistribution.
On August 15, 2008, a search warrant was executed at HANSON's residence. Law enforcement recovered scales with cocaine residue and three firearms, two of which were stolen.
A fourth witness would have testified that he/she observed HANSON with firearms and had purchased 5 to 7 ounces of cocaine from HANSON for distribution.
A fifth witness would have testified that he/she told law enforcement that HANSON was a cocaine distributor who obtained cocaine from this witness. This witness estimated that HANSON obtained 12 ounces of cocaine from the witness. He/she stated that HANSON obtained half ounces of cocaine from the witness and then redistributed the cocaine. The witness also saw HANSON in possession of a handgun in the basement of HANSON's apartment on the westend of Billings.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HANSON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HANSON 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.