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United States v. Beston

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

August 7, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
ELAINE BESTON, Defendant.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

          John Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge.

         I. Synopsis

         Defendant Elaine Beston (Beston) has been accused of violating the conditions of her supervised release. Beston admitted all of the alleged violations. Beston's supervised release should be revoked. Beston should be placed in custody for 11 months, with 109 months of supervised release to follow. Beston should serve the first 2 months of supervised release at an inpatient drug treatment facility selected by the United States Probation Office. Beston should receive credit for time served in federal custody.

         II. Status

         Beston pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute on September 28, 2011. (Doe. 54). The Court sentenced Beston to 192 months of custody, followed by 10 years of supervised release. (Doc. 96). Beston's current term of supervised release began on May 25, 2018. (Doc. 162 at 1).

         Petition

         The United States Probation Office filed an Amended Petition requesting that the Court revoke Beston's supervised release on July 10, 2019. (Doc. 169), The Amended Petition alleged that Beston violated the conditions of her supervised release: 1) by failing to report for substance abuse treatment on two separate occasions; 2) by failing to report for substance abuse testing; 3) by failing to participate in substance abuse testing; 4) by using methamphetamine; 5) by committing another crime; 6) by possessing a controlled substance; and 7) by knowingly communicating with a person engaged in criminal activity.

         Initial appearance

         Beston appeared before the undersigned for her initial appearance on July 11, 2019. Beston was represented by counsel. Beston stated that she had read the petition and that she understood the allegations. Beston 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 August 6, 2019. Beston admitted that she had violated the conditions of her supervised release: 1) by failing to report for substance abuse treatment on two separate occasions; 2) by failing to report for substance abuse testing; 3) by failing to participate in substance abuse testing; 4) by using methamphetamine; 5) by committing another crime; 6) by possessing a controlled substance; and 7) by knowingly communicating with a person engaged in criminal activity. The violations are serious and warrant revocation of Beston's supervised release.

         Beston's violations are Grade C violations. Beston's criminal history category is III. Beston's underlying offense is a Class A felony. Beston could be incarcerated for up to 60 months. She could be ordered to remain on supervised release for up to 120 months, less any custody time imposed. The United States Sentencing Guidelines call for a term of custody of 5 to 11 months.

         III. Analysis

         Beston's supervised release should be revoked. Beston should be incarcerated for 11 months, with 109 months of supervised release to follow. Beston should serve the first 2 months of supervised release at an inpatient drug treatment facility selected by the United States Probation Office. The supervised release conditions imposed ...


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