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Cody Boehm Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 4, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, CODY BOEHM, a 20-year-old resident of Roundup, appeared for sentencing. BOEHM was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 18 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

BOEHM 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:

On January 16, 2008, a probation officer conducted a home search at BOEHM'S residence in Roundup. BOEHM had been previously convicted of burglary, and as a result of this conviction was prohibited from possessing firearms.

During the search, the probation officer recovered a Hi-point, model CF, .380 caliber, semi-automatic handgun (P901253) from BOEHM'S residence. BOEHM admitted that he had recently possessed and fired the handgun.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BOEHM will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BOEHM 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 Ed Zink prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between Montana Probation and Parole 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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