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Patrick Mcgovern Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, March 09, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 9, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, PATRICK McGOVERN, a 30-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing. McGOVERN was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 120 months

Special Assessment: $ 100

Supervised Release: 5 years

McGOVERN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

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

Beginning in approximately March of 2009, and continuing until approximately February of 2010, McGOVERN conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine throughout Montana.

A co-conspirator (CC # 1) would have testified that between approximately March 2009 and May 2009 s/he distributed approximately 4.5 ounces of methamphetamine from her/his source of supply to McGOVERN in Butte. CC # 1 would have further testified that, along with X.X. and Y.Y., s/he distributed methamphetamine to McGOVERN and others and, that between May 2009 through February 2010, McGOVERN received approximately 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine from CC # 1.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that McGOVERN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, McGOVERN 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 Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



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