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Ryland Lynn Sorensen Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings on June 30, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RYLAND LYNN SORENSEN, a 61-year-old resident of Red Lodge, pled guilty to being in possession of a firearm while being the subject of a court order. Sentencing is set for July 29, 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 January 24, 2008, an Order of Protection was issued against SORENSON by the Red Lodge City Court. The order was served on SORENSEN the same day it was issued and one of the provisions of the order prohibited him from possessing any firearms.

After the domestic restraining order was issued against SORENSON, he continued to possess six firearms at his Red Lodge residence. On January 31, 2008, SORENSEN obtained two additional firearms.

In early March of 2008, all of the firearms were turned into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by a concerned family member

SORENSEN 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.



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