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Charles Douglas Myers Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on June 10, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, CHARLES DOUGLAS MYERS, a 24-year-old resident of Bozeman, 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 February 18, 2004, MYERS was convicted of felony theft in Gallatin County and therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

On August 13, 2008, a Missouri River Drug Task Force officer in Bozeman arrested MYERS for being a felon-in-possession of a firearm after receiving a complaint that MYERS had approached and offered to sell drugs to an individual. The individual would have testified that he saw the purported drugs and a pistol on MYERS' motorcycle.

During a search of MYERS and his motorcycle, drugs and a firearm were recovered from the storage compartment of the motorcycle along with MYERS' personal mail. The firearm was located in a black nylon holster inside a luggage case attached to MYERS' motorcycle. MYERS possessed the key to the luggage case on his motorcycle key chain.

The firearm was a Heritage 9mm semiautomatic pistol which was loaded with 9 rounds of ammunition.

MYERS 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri River Drug Task Force and the Montana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole.

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



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