Finley sentenced after pleading guilty to federal drug charge

Posted at 1:34 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 15:34:37-04

John Shannon Finley Jr. of Helena has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal drug charge.

A grand jury indicted Finley last September on charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to court documents, Finley and a co-conspirator traveled to Washington on as many as 12 occasions to meet with meth suppliers and traded guns and a vehicle for drugs.

Investigators say when questioned, Finley admitted buying a total of three pounds of meth.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the firearm charge.

Finley received a total of 121 months incarceration and a $100 fine. The court also recommended 500 hours in the Residential Drug Abuse program.

Finley was arrested in Missoula last April on multiple charges including bail jumping.

In March 2017, he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in the Leisure Village Mobile Home Community.

His sentence will be served consecutively with a sentence from Lewis & Clark County; he will serve his time at a federal prison in Colorado.

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