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Jesse James Edwards Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 9, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JESSE JAMES EDWARDS, a 38-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. EDWARDS was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 105 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

EDWARDS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

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

From January 2009 until May 2010, EDWARDS and Jennifer Cobell possessed with the intent to distribute substances containing cocaine in Cascade County.

EDWARDS then sold the substances containing cocaine to others, mostly in the Great Falls area.

On February 2, 2010, law enforcement arrested EDWARDS. He possessed over $11,000 and approximately 20 grams of cocaine as well as packaging material.

On March 29, 2010, law enforcement arrested EDWARDS with $1,000 and scales on his person.

One witness told law enforcement that he/she had seen EDWARDS with a total of approximately 500 grams of cocaine between January 2009 and May 2010. This was his/her estimate of how much cocaine he/she had purchased from him.

Another witness told law enforcement that he/she had seen EDWARDS with roughly 550 grams of cocaine between January 2009 and May 2010. In fact, his/her estimate was approximately 20 ounces of cocaine possessed by EDWARDS that he then distributed to other people.

A third witness saw EDWARDS with approximately 2.25 pounds of cocaine between December 2009 and February 2010 in Great Falls. During this time, EDWARDS weighed up one pound of cocaine but he had to do it a quarter of a pound at a time. All of this cocaine observed was packaged for sale by EDWARDS.

A fourth witness estimated that he/she observed EDWARDS with over two pounds of cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash between November 2009 and March 2010 in Great Falls. EDWARDS sold all of this cocaine to other people.

Cobell pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

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



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