Gary Lee Sheffield Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 23, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, GARY LEE SHEFFIELD, a 50-year-old resident of Butte, appeared for sentencing.
SHEFFIELD was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 120 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 10 years
SHEFFIELD was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Beginning in November of 2010, agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency have been investigating the distribution of methamphetamine in and around Butte by SHEFFIELD, Angella Parker, and others.
On January 5, 2011, based on information obtained during that investigation, law enforcement officers searched SHEFFIELD's car and the SHEFFIELD residence in Butte. From the residence they seized baggies of meth, surveillance cameras, drug paraphernalia and a Fed-Ex receipt with Parker's name on it. Another female individual admitted during the search that she and SHEFFIELD shared the house and the meth that was seized was found in their bedroom. The officers found more meth in SHEFFIELD's possession during a search of his person and his car outside a nearby casino.
Also on January 5, 2011, before the search of SHEFFIELD's residence, Parker was stopped for a traffic violation and admitted to having just purchased an "8-ball" of meth from SHEFFIELD. She also admitted that during the course of the conspiracy she had received packages of methamphetamine from Arizona that were intended for SHEFFIELD and had shipped money to Arizona as payment for the drugs.
Following the events of January 5, 2011, SHEFFIELD and Parker were interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to being in a conspiracy with others to distribute methamphetamine.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SHEFFIELD will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SHEFFIELD 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 Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.