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A Missoula woman will spend four years in federal prison for her role as a translator in a meth conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday sentenced Jennie Sue Pacot, 33, after she pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy to possessing meth for distribution.

Pacot faced a guideline range of 70 months to 87 months.

Watters said Pacot played a “crucial” role in the conspiracy when she translated Spanish for a co-conspirator on three drug transactions and was being held responsible for nearly a pound of pure meth that was found in the vehicle she and another person were in when it was stopped in Yellowstone County by law enforcement in December 2010.

Watters also noted that Pacot did not distribute meth but received only user amounts from other co-conspirators. Pacot, she said, had a long history of substance abuse and had voluntarily sought treatment before knowing she was under indictment.

Pacot apologized and said she was looking forward to rehabilitation opportunities.

The prosecution sought a sentence of 70 months, while defense recommended 36 months.

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