United States District Court, D. Montana, Great Falls Division
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
JOHNSTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Leslie Dent (Dent) has been accused of violating the
conditions of his probation. Dent admitted all of the alleged
violations, except alleged violation 1. The government did
not attempt to prove alleged violation 1. Dent's
probation should be revoked. Dent should be placed in custody
for 60 days, with 34 months of supervised release to follow.
pleaded guilty to the crime of Conspiracy to Possess with
Intent to Distribute Marijuana on June 20, 2017, in the
United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
(Doc. 2-2). United States District Judge James A. Soto
sentenced Dent to 36 months of probation. (Doc. 2-2).
Dent's term of probation began on November 9, 2017. (Doc.
2-2 at 1).
United States Probation Office filed an Amended Petition on
January 7, 2020, requesting that the Court revoke Dent's
probation. (Doc. 11). The Amended Petition alleges that Dent
violated the conditions of his probation: 1) by committing
another crime; 2) by using methamphetamine on four separate
occasions; and 4) by failing to report for substance abuse
testing. (Doc. 11 at 2-3).
appeared before the undersigned for his initial appearance on
the Amended Petition on January 9, 2020. Dent was represented
by counsel. Dent stated that he had read the petition and
that he understood the allegations. Dent 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 January 9, 2020. Dent
admitted that he had violated the conditions of his probation
by: 1) using methamphetamine on four separate occasions; and
2) by failing to report for substance abuse testing. Dent did
not admit or deny alleged violation 1. The government did not
attempt to prove alleged violation 1. The violations that
Dent admitted are serious and warrant revocation of
violations are Grade B violations. Dent's criminal
history category is II. Dent's underlying offense is a
Class D felony. Dent could be incarcerated for up to 5 years.
Dent could be ordered to remain on supervised release for up
to 36 months, less any custody time imposed. The United
States Sentencing Guidelines call for a term of custody in
the range of 4 to 24 months.
probation should be revoked. Dent should be incarcerated for
60 days, with 34 months of supervised release to follow. The
supervision conditions imposed previously by Judge Soto
should be ...