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United States v. Crawford

United States District Court, D. Montana, Great Falls Division

February 8, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ZACKARIA JULY CRAWFORD, Defendant.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO REVOKE DEFENDANT'S SUPERVISED RELEASE

          John Johnston United States Magistrate Judge

         I. Synopsis

         The United States accused Mr. Crawford of violating the terms of his supervised release by (1) failing to attend substance abuse testing, (2) providing a diluted urine sample, and (3) failing to notify his probation officer of a change in his employment. Mr. Crawford admitted to the allegations. His supervised release should be revoked, and he should be sentenced to three months in custody, with thirty-three months of supervised release to follow. His supervised release should include a mental health evaluation.

         II. Status

         On March 14, 2014, United States District Court Judge Brian Morris accepted Mr. Crawford's plead of guilty to the crime of Strangulation. (Doc. 24.) Judge Morris sentenced Mr. Crawford to 30 months of incarceration, followed by three years of supervised release. (Doc. 29.) Mr. Crawford's term of supervised release began on November 13, 2015. (Doc. 35.)

         On November 24, 2015, Mr. Crawford's supervised release was suspended so that Mr. Crawford could participate in the Job Corps Program at Kicking Horse Job Corps in Kalispell, Montana. (Doc. 33.) However, Mr. Crawford could not enter the Jobs Corps Program.

         On April 5, 2016, the United States Probation Office filed a Report on Offender under Supervision, notifying the Court that Mr. Crawford had used marijuana. (Doc. 34.)

         On May 18, 2016, The Probation Office filed a Petition for Warrant for Offender Under Supervision addressing Mr. Crawford's termination from the Great Falls Prerelease Center, failure to report for substance abuse testing, and consumption of alcohol. (Doc. 35.) The Court dismissed the Petition, and he resumed his supervised release. (Doc. 45.)

         On October 13, 2016, the Probation Office filed a Report on Offender Under Supervision addressing Mr. Crawford's use of marijuana. (Doc. 46.) The Court allowed him to continue his supervised release and order him to complete inpatient treatment at Crystal Creek. He successfully completed treatment on November 14, 2016.

         Petition

         On January 26, 2017, the Probation Office filed a petition asking the Court to revoke Mr. Crawford's supervised release accusing him of violating the terms of his supervised release by (1) failing to attend substance abuse testing, (2) providing a diluted urine sample, and (3) failing to notify his probation officer of a change in his employment. (Doc. 47.) Based on the petition, Judge Morris issued a warrant for Mr. Crawford's arrest. (Doc. 48.)

         Initial appearance

         Mr. Crawford appeared before the undersigned on February 1, 2016, in Great Falls, Montana. Federal Defender Henry Branom accompanied him at the initial appearance. Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Dake represented the United States.

         Mr. Crawford said he had read the petition and understood the allegations. Mr. Crawford waived the preliminary hearing, and the parties consented to proceed ...


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