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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Franklin Troy Caplette Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on June 10, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, FRANKLIN TROY CAPLETTE, a 28-year-old resident of Havre, was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 62 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 4 years

CAPLETTE was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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

CAPLETTE had been known throughout the Rocky Boy's and Havre communities to be a source of methamphetamine for the past several years. Law enforcement began their investigation into CAPLETTE in 2010.

Several witnesses would have testified that they purchased methamphetamine numerous times from CAPLETTE between 2010 and August 2012.

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

Updated January 14, 2015