If the case was prosecuted in federal court, you can subscribe to the Government's PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) system, or you can go to the courthouse and ask for the information.
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The PACER system for the federal district in question will allow you access to the court records. One or more of the minute entries will contain sentencing information. If you just want to read it go to PACER. If you want to understand it and it's ramifications then go to an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.
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There's PACER, but that is typically a paid website. Google his name along with the term DOJ. Many times the AUSA or the arresting agency, i.e. FBI, DEA, Secret Service, will create a press release and post it online. The press releases are quite common. Good luck.
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I agree with all of my colleagues that for a federal case PACER is the best method because it will give you access to the actual court records and orders. An alternative is to look up the prisoner on the federal online inmate locator. That will not give you the sentence, but it will give you the prisoner's anticipated discharge date, which may be adequate for your purposes.
In Fresno, the records are available publicly on V2, a computer system available on the 4th floor of the main courthouse. You can look someone up by name and it will show you their dockets, minute orders, charges, etc.
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