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United States v. Crawford

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

March 14, 2019

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

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

          JOHN JOHNSTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         I. Synopsis

         Defendant Zackaria July Crawford (Crawford) has been accused of violating the conditions of his supervised release. Crawford admitted all of the alleged violations. Crawford's supervised release should be revoked. Crawford should be placed in custody for 12 months and 1 day, with no supervised release to follow. Crawford should be incarcerated at the Bureau of Prisons' facility in Florence, Colorado.

         II. Status

         Crawford pleaded guilty to Strangulation on February 25, 2014. (Doc. 20). The Court sentenced Crawford to 30 months of custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release. (Doc. 29). Crawford's current term of supervised release began on March 28, 2018. (Doc. 72 at 2).

         Petition

         The United States Probation Office filed a Petition on February 22, 2019. requesting that the Court revoke Crawford's supervised release. (Doc. 72). The Petition alleged that Crawford had violated the conditions of his supervised release: 1) by failing to report for substance abuse testing on three separate occasions; 2) by failing to inform his probation officer of a change in employment status; and 3) by failing to allow his probation officer to visit him.

         Initial appearance

          Crawford appeared before the undersigned for his initial appearance on March 13, 2019. Crawford was represented by counsel. Crawford stated that he had read the petition and that he understood the allegations. Crawford waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The parties consented to proceed with the revocation hearing before the undersigned.

         Revocation hearing

         The Court conducted a revocation hearing on March 13, 2019. Crawford admitted that he had violated the conditions of his supervised release: 1) by failing to report for substance abuse testing on three separate occasions; 2) by failing to inform his probation officer of a change in employment status; and 3) by failing to allow his probation officer to visit him. The violations are serious and warrant revocation of Crawford's supervised release.

         Crawford's violations are Grade C violations. Crawford's criminal history category is I. Crawford's underlying offense is a Class C felony. Crawford could be incarcerated for up to 24 months. Crawford could be ordered to remain on supervised release for up to 27 months, less any custody time imposed. The United States Sentencing Guidelines call for a term of custody of 3 to 9 months.

         III. Analysis

         Crawford's supervised release should be revoked. Crawford should be incarcerated for 12 months and 1 day, with no supervised release to follow. This ...


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