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Homar Renova-Castillo Sentenced In U.S. District Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 5, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters, HOMAR RENOVA-CASTILLO, a 37 year-old resident of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 135 months

Special Assessment: $ 200

Restitution: N/A

Supervised Release: 5 years

Renova-Castillo was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and illegal re-entry of deported alien.

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

Homar Renova-Castillo, an alien and citizen of Mexico, was previously convicted in 2000 in Yellowstone County, Montana, for felony criminal endangerment. Renova-Castillo was then deported from the United States on January 31, 2002, and left through El Paso, Texas. Renova-Castillo was subsequently found in the United States. Specifically, on November 19, 2012, Renova-Castillo was pulled over in a motor vehicle near Park City, Montana by a Yellowstone County Deputy Sheriff. Renova-Castillo was never granted permission by the Attorney General or the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to enter the United States.

In August of 2012, agents with the EMHIDTA began investigating the sale of methamphetamine in Billings by J.S. and Homar Renova-Castillo. On August 22, 2012, agents spoke with co-conspirator who stated that he had made two trips to Idaho with Homar Renova to pick up methamphetamine. The co-conspirator estimated that they picked up two pounds of methamphetamine each time. The co-conspirator stated that the methamphetamine was provided to Renova's distributor in Billings, J.S.

A confidential informant then made purchases of methamphetamine from J.S. on eight separate occasions from September of 2012 through April of 2013. Each purchase was for approximately 1/4 grams of methamphetamine. J.S. indicated to the confidential informant that Renova was her source of supply.

Updated January 14, 2015