Michael Anthony Young Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 20, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, MICHAEL ANTHONY YOUNG, a 31-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, appeared for sentencing. YOUNG was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 57 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 5 years
YOUNG 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:
Since November 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 Gary Sheffield, Angella Parker, Julie White, and others, including YOUNG. Evidence uncovered during the investigation revealed that YOUNG's primary involvement in the conspiracy was as a transporter of methamphetamine and money between Arizona and Montana. YOUNG would travel from Butte to Arizona, often by bus, pick up meth, transport the drugs back to Butte, and take money back to Arizona. Law enforcement officers obtained records detailing some of the trips that YOUNG took to Arizona and during an interview in March 2011, YOUNG admitted his involvement and provided significant details about his role in the organization.
Gary Sheffield, Angella Parker, and Julie White pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that YOUNG will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, YOUNG 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 a cooperative effort between the Homeland Security Investigations and the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Agency.