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Brian Allen Schweitzer Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 7, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, BRIAN ALLEN SCHWEITZER, a 31-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. SCHWEITZER was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 27 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 10 years

SCHWEITZER 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 Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

After a 1997 juvenile conviction, SCHWEITZER was required to register as a sexual offender.

The current offense arose in December of 2011 when the Great Falls Police Department received information that SCHWEITZER had moved to Montana from Washington state sometime between November 5th and 24th of 2011.

The police department then contacted Washington state law enforcement and was advised that SCHWEITZER was a registered sexual offender with their agency. Washington law enforcement advised that SCHWEITZER had been sent a verification letter to his last known address, which was returned unsigned and unserved on November 9, 2011. The Montana Sexual Offender Registration Unit was also contacted and no address change was found.

When questioned on December 19, 2011, SCHWEITZER admitted to moving to Montana in November 2011. SCHWEITZER also stated that he was aware of his duty to notify the Great Falls Police Department within three business days of moving to a new address and that he failed to do so.

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



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