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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced on Firearm Charges

April 19, 2013

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – On April 18, 2013, Jacob Lloyd Montgomery, age 33, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court in Council Bluffs on the charge of felon in possession of a firearm and revocation of a term of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. Chief United States District Court Judge James E. Gritzner sentenced Montgomery to 30 months in prison, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release. The Court also ordered Montgomery to forfeit the firearm and ammunition found in his possession, and to pay a $100.00 special assessment for the Crime Victim Fund. Montgomery remains in the custody of the United States Marshal pending designation of the Federal Bureau of Prisons facility at he will serve his sentence.

Montgomery was sentenced to the 30 months imprisonment as a joint resolution of two pending federal judicial proceedings. He was sentenced upon his plea of guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Montgomery was also sentenced upon his admission that he had violated the terms of the supervised release he was serving at the time. The violations included misrepresentations to the United States Probation Office and the felon in possession of a firearm charge. The federal criminal justice system no longer has parole. However, after serving the defendant’s full sentence, less any good time awarded to the defendant, the defendant is, upon being discharged from prison, placed under the supervision of the United States Probation Office for an amount of time determined by the sentencing court and under such conditions as the court orders. If the defendant violates the conditions of this supervision, the defendant can be sentenced to a further term of imprisonment for the violation.

The firearm charge against Montgomery arose from a stop by a Council Bluffs, Iowa police officer of the vehicle Montgomery was driving on January 29, 2012. Montgomery fled on foot from the scene, but was caught and arrested by the officer. Council Bluffs police officers subsequently found a loaded .45 caliber pistol in the vehicle from which defendant fled. Among various crimes for which Montgomery has been convicted, he was convicted in 2001, in the District Court of the State of Iowa for Pottawattamie County, of felony forgery and felony theft, and was convicted in 2007, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa of a prior charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This investigation was conducted by the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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