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Daniel Slyter Wise Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on January 22, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, DANIEL SLYTER WISE pled guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Sentencing is set for April 30, 2009. He is currently released on special conditions.

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

On July 9, 2007, WISE burglarized a Missoula residence. During the burglary, WISE stole a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber revolver. Later the same day, WISE sold the firearm to a man on the street. Unknown to WISE at the time, the man on the street was a convicted felon who turned the stolen firearm over to local law enforcement.

When approached by law enforcement, WISE admitted his burglary as well as stealing the firearm during the burglary.

WISE faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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