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Scales of justice

A Billings woman who admitted selling meth will spend five years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday sentenced Renae Dawn Bighorn, 42, to the minimum mandatory term as recommended by both the prosecution and defense.

Bighorn apologized for her actions and said she is in recovery programs and is committed to changing her life.

Watters noted that Bighorn’s participation in mental health treatment and substance abuse recovery programs indicates she takes her crime and issues seriously.

Bighorn pleaded guilty earlier to possession with intent to distribute as part of plea agreement to dismiss other charges.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Starnes of Great Falls said earlier that in April 2015, an undercover agent with a drug task force in Billings contacted Bighorn about buying meth and made a deal to buy one ounce.

On April 8, 2015, the undercover agent went to Bighorn’s home, where Bighorn got into the agent’s car for a drug deal. The agent gave Bighorn $1,700 and she gave the agent a bag of meth that contained about 26 to 27 grams of pure meth.

Watters allowed Bighorn to self-report to prison.



Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.