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Shawn Brian Eltringham, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 13, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, SHAWN BRIAN ELTRINGHAM, JR., a 24-year-old resident of Boulder, appeared for sentencing. ELTRINGHAM was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 24 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

ELTRINGHAM was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine.

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 February 2012, until his arrest on March 14, 2012, ELTRINGHAM Jr. delivered methamphetamine to other people in Lewis and Clark County. Some of the methamphetamine was sold/delivered to law enforcement and/or people working with law enforcement. ELTRINGHAM picked up the methamphetamine from Billings. During this time, ELTRINGHAM also possessed one or more firearms to protect himself.

On March 6, 2012, ELTRINGHAM talked to law enforcement at his request. During that interview, ELTRINGHAM explained that he had made ten to twelve trips to Billings in the previous two weeks where he purchased 3.5 grams to 7 grams of methamphetamine on each trip. ELTRINGHAM also admitted that he used methamphetamine. He stated that he was armed on each trip when he purchased the methamphetamine. ELTRINGHAM also admitted that he owned a .25 caliber handgun, a .36 caliber black powder revolver, and another revolver.

The methamphetamine purchased from ELTRINGHAM on February 25, 27, and 29, 2012, was tested by the DEA laboratory and all of the substances contained methamphetamine.

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