United States District Court, D. Montana, Great Falls Division
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO REVOKE
DEFENDANT'S SUPERVISED RELEASE
Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge
United States accused Ms. Bullshields of violating her
conditions of supervised release by consuming alcohol. She
admitted to the violation. Ms. Bullshields's supervised
release should be revoked. She should be sentenced to four
months of custody, with twenty months of supervised release
to follow to include substance abuse treatment at Passages in
Billing, Montana and six months at a Residential Reentry
February 2013, Ms. Bullshields pleaded guilty to Distribution
of Methamphetamine. (Doc. 104.) United States District Court
Judge Dana L. Christensen sentenced Ms. Bullshields to 48
months in custody and 48 months of supervised release. (Doc.
146.) Ms. Bullshields's first term of supervised release
began on July 23, 2015. (Doc. 199.)
September 2015, Ms. Bullshields's supervised release was
revoked because she violated her conditions of release by
using alcohol, using a controlled substance, and failing to
notify her probation officer of a change in employment. She
was sentenced to six months of custody and 24 months of
supervised release. (Doc. 208.) Ms. Bullshields's second
term of supervised release began on February 12, 2016. (Doc.
April 18, 2016, The Court revoked Ms. Bullshields'
supervised release because she failed to notify her probation
officer of a change in her residence, failed to participate
in mental health treatment, failed to participate in
substance abuse testing, and used a controlled substance.
(Doc. 223.) United States District Judge Brian Morris
sentenced her to five months in custody, followed by
twenty-four months of supervised release. (Id.) Her
current term of supervised release began on July 22, 2016.
26, 2016, Ms. Bullshields provided the United States
Probation Office (USPO) with a urine sample that tested
positive for alcohol. The USPO referred her to substance
abuse treatment to address past and current substance abuse
issues. On September 6, 2016, Ms. Bullshields provided a
urine sample that tested positive for Subutex. The USPO
referred her phase testing at the Great Falls Transition
Center. On September 13, 2016, Ms. Bullshields reported to
the USPO that she had been kicked out of the Great falls
Rescue Mission for failing to report. Ms. Bullshields stated
that he had a mental breakdown the evening before and had
used alcohol and methamphetamine. The USPO filed a Report of
Offender Under Supervision outlining these violations. (Doc.
226.) Judge Morris allowed her to continue supervision.
September 22, 2016, the USPO filed a petition asking the
Court to revoke Ms. Bullshields's supervised release.
(Doc. 228.) The USPO accused Ms. Bullshields of violating her
conditions of supervised release by consuming alcohol. Based
on the petition, Judge Morris issued a warrant for Ms. her
arrest. (Doc. 229.)
September 29, 2016, Ms. Bullshields appeared before the
undersigned in Great Falls, Montana, for an initial
appearance. Federal Defender Evangelo Arvanetes accompanied
her at the initial appearance.
Bullshields said she had read the petition and understood the
allegations. Ms. Bullshields waived the preliminary hearing,
and the parties consented to proceed with the revocation
hearing before the undersigned. The Court continued the
revocation hearing until October 27, 2016, in order to allow
for an evaluation of Ms. Bullshields eligibility for