A Billings man has been sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for some drug and prostitution charges, far below the maximum he could have been sentenced to, according to U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson. The defendant faced a maximum of 20 years and a $1 million dollars in fines.
Anthony Marcos Chadwell, 28, pled guilty to trafficking cocaine and promoting prostitution after he sought to play the pimp by setting up a commercial sex date for a woman he had under his control. According to a Department of Justice press release:
“The government alleged in court documents that in 2019, Chadwell became involved in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy and in commercial sex in Billings. Chadwell distributed cocaine to individuals, including to his co-defendant, William Newkirk. In early 2019, Chadwell was introduced to an individual, identified as Jane Doe 11. At some point, Doe 11 began engaging in commercial sex with Chadwell’s assistance. Chadwell used his cellular phone to set up a commercial sex date for Doe 11 at a Billings motel in which Doe 11 engaged in a sex act in exchange for money.”
Further, he pled guilty of the charge of “conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and with use of a facility in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering.”
Along with the two years he received for those charges, he was also sentenced yesterday to another year in prison to be served consecutively with his previous charges, after he repeatedly violated his parole from a previous firearms offense to engage in all these bad activities, bringing the time spent behind bars to three years.
All this amounts to a slap on the wrist, however, and it is likely he’ll be out on good behavior and will serve far less than his full sentence.