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Hardin resident Arscenio Tony Not Afraid will spend six years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Hardin and on the Crow Reservation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Thursday sentenced Not Afraid, 24, near the high end of the sentencing guideline, which is 63 months to 78 months.

Cebull rejected defense attorney Sandy Selvey's request for a five-year sentence, which was the minimum mandatory penalty for between 50 grams and 200 grams of meth.

The judge noted that Not Afraid, while he did well in programs while in custody for a conviction as a juvenile, was back to using meth within two months of release and then started selling meth.

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Not Afraid said he wasn't a bad person but sold meth because of his addiction.

Not Afraid pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to distribute meth for trafficking the drug for about four years beginning in the spring of 2006. The government said Not Afraid was a large-scale dealer on the reservation.

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Contact Clair Johnson at cjohnson@billingsgazette.com or 657-1282.

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