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United States v. Hall

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

February 14, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
DEVIN HALL, Defendant.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO REVOKE DEFENDANT'S SUPERVISED RELEASE

          John Johnston United States Magistrate Judge

         I. Synopsis

         The United States accused Mr. Hall of violating his conditions of supervised release by (1) committing another crime, (2) failing to report for substance abuse testing, (3) failing to report for substance abuse treatment, and (4) providing a breath sample that tested positive for alcohol on two occasions. He admitted to the violations. Mr. Hall's supervised release should be revoked. He should be sentenced to six months of custody and twenty-four months of supervised release.

         II. Status

         In October 2010, Mr. Hall pleaded guilty to four counts of Burglary. (Docs. 29-30.) United States District Court Judge Sam E. Haddon sentenced Mr. Hall to 60 months of custody on each count, to run concurrently, and 36 months of supervised release on each count, to run concurrently. (Doc. 36.) Mr. Hall's term of supervised release began on November 27, 2015. (Doc. 44.)

         On February 19, 2016, the United States Probation Office filed a Report on Offender under Supervision notifying the Court that Mr. Hall failed to report for substance abuse treatment, used alcohol, failed to notify his probation officer within 72 hours of law enforcement contact, and failed to report for sex offender treatment. (Doc. 43.)

         On June 6, 2016, the Court revoked Mr. Hall's supervised release because he failed to comply with substance abuse testing and treatment and failed to comply with sex offender treatment. He also consumed alcohol, consumed controlled substances, and failed to report to his probation officer as directed. (Doc. 55.) United States District Judge Brian Morris sentenced him to six months in custody and thirty months of supervised release on all counts, to run concurrently. (Id.) Mr. Hall began his current term of supervised release on October 19, 2016.

         Petition

         The United States Probation Office filed a petition asking the Court to revoke Mr. Hall's supervised release on January 5, 2017, alleging that he violated the terms of his supervised release by (1) committing another crime, (2) failing to report for substance abuse testing, (3) failing to report for substance abuse treatment, and (4) providing a breath sample that tested positive for alcohol on two occasions. (Doc. 58.) Based on the petition, United States District Court Judge Brian Morris issued a warrant for Mr. Hall's arrest. (Doc. 59.)

         Initial appearance

         Mr. Hall appeared before the undersigned on January 24, 2017, in Great Falls, Montana, for an initial appearance. Federal Defender Evangelo Arvanetes accompanied him at the initial appearance. Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Betley represented the United States.

         Mr. Hall said he had read the petition and understood the allegations. Mr. Hall waived the preliminary hearing, and the parties consented to proceed with the revocation hearing before the undersigned. The hearing commenced.

         Revocation hearing

         Mr. Hall admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release as alleged in the petition. The violations are serious and warrant ...


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