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

Monday, July 29, 2013

Michael James Franks Sentenced In U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 25, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, a 37-year-old resident of Browning, was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 15 months

Special Assessment: $ 100

Supervised Release: 5 years

FRANKS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to failure to register as a sexual offender.

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

On December 7, 2000, FRANKS pleaded guilty to sexual intercourse without consent and was ordered to register as a sex offender.

On April 25, 2012, law enforcement found FRANKS at a residence in Blackfoot where he had been living, but was not registered at that address.

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

Updated January 14, 2015