Berthold Man Sentenced on Federal Firearm Charges
BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on May 27, 2014, Gary Steven Hinton, of Berthold, N.D., was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Judge Hovland sentenced Hinton to 51 months’ imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. Hinton was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims Fund.
On January 14, 2013, Ward County law enforcement officials responded to a report of a domestic violence incident occurring in Berthold, N.D. Upon arrival, officers found Gary Steven Hinton at the residence. Officers located two handguns in a backpack in Hinton’s vehicle. Officers also discovered that a third handgun had been disassembled. The barrel of the gun was found in Hinton’s vehicle and the remainder of the gun was found in a toolbox in the garage.
Hinton was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to felony convictions, including the following: two counts of delivery of a controlled substance in Ward County (ND) in 2008; and reckless endangerment in Ward County (ND) in 2009.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, the North Dakota Parole and Probation Office, and the Ward County Narcotics Task Force.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.