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William Lance Mccuddy Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on January 15, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, WILLIAM LANCE McCUDDY, a 31-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. McCUDDY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 36 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $568.33
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

McCUDDY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2001, McCUDDY was convicted of felony sex with a minor in California. As a result of this conviction, McCUDDY is prohibited from possessing firearms.

On January 21, 2008, deputies with the Cascade County Sheriff's Office responded to the Black Eagle Community Center to investigate a burglar alarm. They found a broken window and discovered someone had entered the Community Center and taken a rifle that was prominently displayed and was the prize in a fund-raising raffle. Officers discovered blood and it appeared that the burglar had injured himself on entry. Officers also found a piece of a broken jack handle that appeared to have been used to break the window.

An female individual called police dispatch and stated that a man named McCUDDY had been at her home and gotten in a fight with a male individual about a stolen rifle. The caller and the male individual said McCUDDY took them to his apartment and showed them the stolen rifle. It was later learned that McCUDDY lives at the apartment with his girlfriend.

McCUDDY and his girlfriend were found a short time later and because McCUDDY'S girlfriend was on probation, a probation search of her apartment was conducted. During the probation search, officers found the missing rifle. McCUDDY was questioned and admitted he broke the window of the Community Center with a jack handle, cut himself and then stole the rifle. McCUDDY said a portion of the jack handle broke off and he left it at the scene. A piece of jack handle matching the piece at the scene was also found in the apartment.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that McCUDDY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, McCUDDY does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kory Larsen prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Cascade County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws. In Montana, the effort under PSN is called "Catch and No Release."



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