Michelle Steinfeldt Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 24, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MICHELLE STEINFELDT, a 34-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. STEINFELDT was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 37 months
Special Assessment: $100
Supervised Release: 5 years
STEINFELDT was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica T. Fehr, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
Beginning in approximately mid-2010, and continuing until late January 2012, STEINFELDT distributed methamphetamine she obtained from her source of supply to her customers in the Billings area. STEINFELDT distributed to at least ten individuals on a regular basis. STEINFELDT regularly communicated with her source of supply, other distributors and customers via cellular telephone and text message.
During the course of her involvement in the larger conspiracy, from mid-2010 to January 2012, STEINFELDT personally possessed with the intent to distribute and distributed over 50 grams of methamphetamine in the Billings area.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that STEINFELDT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, STEINFELDT 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 Billings Big Sky Safe Streets Task Force.