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Tamra Michelle Brister Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 13, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TAMRA MICHELLE BRISTER, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. BRISTER was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 7 days

Special Assessment: $600

Supervised Release: 5 years

BRISTER was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and distribution or attempted distribution of cocaine.

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

In 2011, BRISTER and another person made contact with an undercover law enforcement agent in Billings. The two conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine on two occasions to the undercover agent at a location in Billings.

On June 15, 2011, the two distributed 27.3 grams of pure methamphetamine. The other person sent the methamphetamine from out of town to BRISTER's house and BRISTER arranged for delivery to the undercover agent.

On August 6, 2011, the two delivered 26.6 grams of pure methamphetamine to the undercover agent. BRISTER knew that the substance she was delivering was methamphetamine or some other prohibited drug.

BRISTER and two other people also conspired with each other and others to distribute cocaine to an undercover agent in Billings.

On June 15, one of the persons sent 40.0 grams of cocaine to BRISTER, and she arranged for it to be distributed to the undercover agent.

On August 16, 2011, one of the persons and BRISTER distributed 30.5 grams of what they believed was cocaine to the undercover agent. BRISTER knew that the substance she was delivering was cocaine or some other prohibited drug.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BRISTER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BRISTER 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 Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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