Corey Matthew Lich Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 7, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, COREY MATTHEW LICH, a 33-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. LICH was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 40 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 3 years
LICH was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to witness tampering.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James E. Seykora stated the government would have proved at trial the following:
On November 16, 2011, LICH contacted a government witness who was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury the next day. LICH communicated to the witness in person words to the effect of keep your mouth shut, and specifically stated, "Don't say anything," "you don't know nothing," and "you didn't see nothing." LICH knew the witness had been subpoenaed to the grand jury.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that LICH will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, LICH 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force, U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, and Montana Division of Criminal Investigation.