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United States v. Terra Lee Brandy Running Crane

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

August 1, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
TERRA LEE BRANDY RUNNING CRANE, Defendant.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

          JOHN JOHNSTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         I. Synopsis

         Defendant Terra Lee Brandy Running Crane (Running Crane) has been accused of violating the conditions of her supervised release. Running Crane admitted all of the alleged violations. Running Crane's supervised release should be revoked. Running Crane should be placed in custody for 6 months, with no supervised release to follow. Running Crane should serve her term of custody at the Bureau of Prison's facility in SeaTac, Washington.

         II. Status

         Running Crane was found guilty of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on June 13, 2012, following a jury trial. (Doc. 47). The Court sentenced Running Crane to 57 months of custody, followed by 3 years of supervised release. (Doc. 52). Running Crane's current term of supervised release began on August 15, 2017. (Doc. 99 at 2).

         Petition

         The United States Probation Office filed a Petition requesting that the Court revoke Running Crane's supervised release on July 29, 2019. (Doc. 99). The Petition alleged that Running Crane violated the conditions of her supervised release: 1) by committing another crime; and 2) by consuming alcohol.

         Initial appearance

         Running Crane appeared before the undersigned for her initial appearance on July 31, 2019. Running Crane was represented by counsel. Running Crane stated that she had read the petition and that she understood the allegations. Running Crane waived her 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 July 31, 2019. Running Crane admitted that she had violated the conditions of his supervised release: 1) by committing another crime; and 2) by consuming alcohol. The violations are serious and warrant revocation of Running Crane's supervised release.

         Running Crane's violations are Grade C violations. Running Crane's criminal history category is I. Running Crane's underlying offenses are Class C felonies. Running Crane could be incarcerated for up to 24 months. She could be ordered to remain on supervised release for up to 30 months, less any custody time imposed. The United States Sentencing Guidelines call for a term of custody of 3 to 9 months.

         III. Analysis

         Running Crane's supervised release should be revoked. Running Crane should be incarcerated for 6 months, with no supervised release to follow. Running Crane should serve her term of custody at the Bureau of Prison's facility in SeaTac, ...


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