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Rosanna Lynn Walks Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 21, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, ROSANNA LYNN WALKS, a 37-year-old resident of Crow Agency, appeared for sentencing. WALKS was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 12 months and 1 day

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 5 years

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

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

The investigation of WALKS began when, on two separate occasions, January 26, 2010 and February 2, 2010, both within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation, a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) confidential source purchased methamphetamine from WALKS. The two sales were for .17 grams of meth, and .15 grams of methamphetamine.

WALKS was then interviewed in March 2010. WALKS admitted that she began using methamphetamine around 2002 or 2003, and that she distributed methamphetamine, mostly in the Crow Agency area, for an extended period of time. WALKS identified suppliers and customers.

Specifically, she admitted that from one supplier, during the months of January and February 2010, she purchased methamphetamine on a daily basis, approximately 15-20 times. The largest purchase was fourteen bindles from this supplier.

From another supplier, she purchased a little less than 1 gram of methamphetamine. And from yet another supplier, on two occasions, she purchased $100 and $60 worth of methamphetamine.

Customers of WALKS were interviewed as well. One customer estimated that the customer purchased 1/2 gram quantities of methamphetamine from WALKS on at least 50 separate occasions. The last time the customer purchased methamphetamine from WALKS was in approximately July 2010. Another customer purchased 1 gram quantities of methamphetamine from WALKS, once a week, for a period of approximately two years, from 2006 through 2008.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WALKS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WALKS 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs.



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