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United States v. Eder

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

August 14, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
CHANNING EDER, Defendant.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

          John Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge.

         1. Synopsis

         Defendant Channing Eder (Eder) has been accused of violating the conditions of his supervised release. Eder admitted all of the alleged violations, except three. Eder's supervised release should be revoked. Eder should be placed in custody for 4 months, with 36 months of supervised release to follow. Eder should serve the first 60 days of supervised release at an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility.

         II. Status

         Eder pleaded guilty to Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence on September 30, 2008. (Doc. 12). The Court sentenced Eder to 84 months of custody, followed by 5 years of supervised release. (Doc. 15). Eder's current term of supervised release began on December 6, 2018. (Doc. 62 at 2).

         Petition The United States Probation Office filed a Petition on May 21, 2019, requesting that the Court revoke Eder's supervised release. (Doc. 62). The Petition alleges that Eder violated the conditions of his supervised release: 1) by failing to report for substance abuse testing; 2) by failing to report for substance abuse treatment; 3) by using methamphetamine on two separate occasions; 4) by committing another crime; 5) by consuming alcohol; and 6) by knowingly communicating with a convicted felon. United States District Judge Brian Morris issued a warrant for Eder's arrest on May 21, 2019. (Doc. 44).

         Initial appearance Eder appeared before the undersigned for his initial appearance on June 26, 2019. Eder was represented by counsel. Eder stated that he had read the petition and that he understood the allegations. Eder 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 joint revocation hearing in this case and in Cause CR 08-54-GF-BMM on August 13, 2019. Eder admitted that he had violated the conditions of his supervised release: i) by failing to report for substance abuse testing; 2) by failing to report for substance abuse treatment; 3) by using methamphetamine on two separate occasions. The government did not attempt to prove alleged violations 5, 6 and 7. The violations that Eder admitted are serious and warrant revocation of Eder's supervised release.

         Eder's violations are Grade C violations. Eder's criminal history category is I. Eder's underlying offense in this case is a Class A felony. Eder's underlying offense in Cause CR 08-54-GF-BMM is a Class C felony. Kder could be incarcerated for up to 60 months. Eder could be ordered to remain on supervised release for up to 44 months, less any custody time imposed. The United States Sentencing Guidelines call for a term of custody of 3 to 9 months.

         III. Analysis

         Eder's supervised release should be revoked. Eder should be incarcerated for 4 months, with 36 months of supervised release to follow. Eder should serve the first 60 days of supervised release at an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. This sentence is sufficient but not greater than necessary.

         IV. Conclusion

         The Court informed Eder that the above sentence would be recommended to Judge Morris. The Court also informed Eder of his right to object to these Findings and Recommendations within 14 days of their issuance. The Court explained to Eder that Judge Morris would consider a timely objection before making a final determination on whether to revoke his supervised release and what, if any, sanction to impose. Eder stated that he wished to waive his ...


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