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Antonio Bernard Wallace Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 15, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ANTONIO BERNARD WALLACE, a 49-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. WALLACE was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 21 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 10 years

WALLACE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.

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

In 1985 WALLACE was convicted of attempted forcible rape in the State of California. WALLACE was sentenced to a term of five years. Upon release from prison, WALLACE acknowledged his requirement as a sex offender to notify the appropriate authorities of any change of address including relocation out of state. He was prosecuted in 1998 in California for failing to register, and given a 3 year probationary sentence. He was convicted again in 2005 in California for failing to register and spent time in prison.

WALLACE and his wife ultimately traveled to Montana and lived in Kalispell for a few months in 2009, then moved to Oregon. In approximately May of 2010, WALLACE and his wife moved to Bozeman, and subsequently to Laurel, and then Billings. WALLACE failed to notify the appropriate authorities in Montana upon arrival.

In January 2011, the U.S. Marshals Service received information that WALLACE was believed to have left the State of California and was residing in the Billings area.

The Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry confirmed that WALLACE was currently out of compliance with Montana's Sexual Offender Registry requirements and had been since entering Montana in approximately May of 2010.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WALLACE will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WALLACE 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 U.S. Marshals Service.



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