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Brian Hayden Allen Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls on April 22, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, BRIAN HAYDEN ALLEN, a 36-year-old resident of Havre, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for August 10, 2009. He is currently detained.

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

On June 11, 2001, ALLEN was convicted of felony theft in Colorado, which thereby prohibited him from possessing any firearms.

At trial, an individual would have testified that on December 11, 2007, she observed a handgun on ALLEN'S bed at his residence in Havre. ALLEN normally carried the Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol in his waistband in the back of his pants. This individual had a Taurus 9mm pistol that ALLEN was interested in purchasing. ALLEN gave his Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol for collateral to the individual while he decided whether or not to purchase the Taurus 9mm pistol.

On February 4, 2008, the individual turned the Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol over to the Havre Police Department. Law enforcement recovered the Taurus 9mm pistol from ALLEN'S residence on February 23, 2008.

ALLEN 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 Tri-Agency Safe Trails Task Force in Havre and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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



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