David Michael Lloyd Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on May 20, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, DAVID MICHAEL LLOYD, a 23-year-old resident of Deer Lodge, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for September 16, 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 August 23, 2007, LLOYD was convicted of felony attempted larceny from a person in North Carolina.
Between October 27, 2008, and November 3, 2008, LLOYD possessed two stolen firearms. The firearms were a Ruger .45 caliber revolver and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. LLOYD also possessed a third firearm in this same time frame, a Hi-Point .45 caliber pistol.
The Ruger revolver and Mossberg shotgun were stolen in a Deer Lodge residential burglary on October 27, 2008. The owner reported the burglary very early on the 28th when he arrived home from work and was able to provide complete information regarding the firearms.
Numerous Deer Lodge residents provided law enforcement information regarding another individual's possession of the two stolen firearms and LLOYD'S possession of the three firearms.
Law enforcement learned that this individual possessed the two stolen firearms, the Ruger revolver and Mossberg shotgun, on October 27, 2008, at a Deer Lodge residence. The individual had attempted to enter the residence with the firearms but was told by the homeowner to take them outside. The resident also heard the individual trying to sell the guns while on the phone.
Within a day or so, LLOYD had the three firearms for sale. LLOYD returned the Mossberg shotgun to the rightful owner. LLOYD then sold the two handguns to another Deer Lodge resident through that resident's daughter. The daughter gave him the guns, he gave the money to his daughter, and his daughter gave the money to LLOYD.
During the course of their investigation, law enforcement learned that the other individual had likely committed the burglary where the Ruger revolver and the Mossberg shotgun were taken.
LLOYD 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.