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Randy Rider Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Distribution Of Methamphetamine

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 Great Falls, on February 6, 2014, RANDY LEE RIDER, 47, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, was sentenced to a term of 120 months' imprisonment and five years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris,

Rider was sentenced in connection with his November 21, 2013, guilty plea to distribution of methamphetamine. In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley, the government stated it would have proved that beginning in January 2013, undercover agents began to buy methamphetamine from Devan Kelly. The defendant supplied Kelly with methamphetamine. These sales progressed, and in April, agents inquired into whether Kelly would sell them a pound of methamphetamine. Kelly agreed to sell a pound of methamphetamine for $23,000.00, but he first had to contact his supplier, the defendant. Kelly and the agents then agreed the sale would take place in Lewistown, Montana, on April 29, 2013.

Just prior to the deal on April 29, 2013, Kelly met with the defendant to get the methamphetamine. The sale then took place, and Kelly gave undercover agents the pound of methamphetamine. This methamphetamine was tested and the laboratory concluded it was 99.5% pure and contained 439.0 grams of actual methamphetamine.

After Kelly's arrest, agents followed the defendant to a house in Lewistown, where he was confronted and admitted he had been Kelly's methamphetamine supplier, and had given Kelly the pound of methamphetamine to sell to the agents.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force.

Updated January 14, 2015