United States District Court, D. Montana, Great Falls Division
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
JOHNSTON, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
Christopher S. Ritter (Ritter) has been accused of violating
the conditions of his supervised release. Ritter admitted the
alleged violations. Ritter's supervised release should be
revoked. Ritter should be placed in custody for 12 months and
1 day, with no supervised release to follow.
pleaded guilty on May 22, 2012, to Possession with Intent to
Distribute Methamphetamine (Count 2), and Receipt of
Unregistered Firearms (Count 5). (Doc. 52). The Court
sentenced Ritter to 70 months of custody on each count with
the terms of custody to run concurrently. (Doc. 89). The
Court also sentenced Ritter to 4 years of supervised release
on Count 2 and 3 years of supervised release on Count 5, with
the terms of supervised release to run concurrently.
Id. Ritter's current term of supervised release
began on July 22, 2016. (Doc. 192 at 1).
United States Probation Office filed a Petition on October
30, 2018, requesting that the Court revoke Ritter's
supervised release. (Doc. 192). The Petition alleges that
Ritter violated the conditions of his supervised release: 1)
by failing to notify his probation officer of a change in
employment; and 2) by failing to successfully complete his
programming at the Great Falls Pre-Release Center. (Doc. 192
at 2-3). United States District Judge Brian Morris issued a
warrant for Ritter's arrest on October 1, 2018. (Doc.
appeared before the undersigned for his initial appearance on
November 7, 2018. (Doc. 195). Ritter was represented by
counsel. Ritter stated that he had read the petition and that
he understood the allegations. Ritter waived his right to a
preliminary hearing. The parties consented to proceed with
the revocation hearing before the undersigned.
Court conducted a revocation hearing on November 7, 2018.
Ritter admitted that he had violated the conditions of his
supervised release: 1) by failing to notify his probation
officer of a change in employment; and 2) by failing to
successfully complete his programming at the Great Falls
Pre-Release Center. The violations are serious and warrant
revocation of Ritter's supervised release.
violation is a Grade C violation. Ritter's criminal
history category is I. Ritter's underlying offenses are
Class B and Class C felonies. Ritter could be incarcerated
for up to 36 months on Count 2 and 24 months on Count 5.
Ritter could be ordered to remain on supervised release for
up to 60 months on Count 2 and 36 months on Count 5, less any
custody time imposed. The United States Sentencing Guidelines
call for a term of custody of 3 to 9 months.
requested a term of custody of 12 months and 1 day. The
government requested a term of custody of 12 to 18 months.