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Luke Adam Simpson Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on March 9, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, LUKE ADAM SIMPSON, a 30-year-old resident of Oregon, pled guilty to possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Sentencing is set for June 12, 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 June 26, 2006, a camper reported a young male shooting a sawed-off shotgun in the Abbott Bay Campground in Flathead County. The camper stated that the young male had a 1980s model tan Chevrolet van with Flathead County license plates. A Forest Service officer observed a vehicle matching the description and stopped the vehicle. SIMPSON, the driver, was questioned as to whether he had a sawed-off shotgun in his possession. SIMPSON admitted that he possessed a sawed-off shotgun and indicated where in the van it was located. The officer recovered the sawed-off shotgun and submitted it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for further investigation. The firearm was a Marlin 12 gauge shotgun, serial number KM119162, with a 9.75 inch barrel and an overall length of 15 inches.

An ATF agent verified that the firearm was not registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Records as required by law, nor did SIMPSON have any firearms registered to him in the NFTR.

SIMPSON was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a 2000 Washington State conviction for felony theft.

SIMPSON 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 a cooperative effort between the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service and 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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