Vernon Gayle Grey 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 Great Falls on July 1, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, VERNON GAYLE GREY, a 50-year-old resident of East Helena, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of ammunition. Sentencing is set for October 22, 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:
GREY is a convicted felon on state supervision for felony DUI and thereby prohibited from possession of firearms or ammunition.
On May 27, 2008, Montana Probation and Parole officers received a complaint that GREY possessed firearms at his residence. GREY did not appear for an appointment with his probation officer, so officers went to GREY'S residence to investigate the complaint and his no show. The officers, with the assistance of Lewis and Clark County deputies, located over one thousand rounds of ammunition in GREY'S bedroom. The ammunition recovered included 50 rounds of .32 caliber ammunition, 130 rounds of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition, 864 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition, and 1,590 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
GREY 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 Montana Probation and Parole, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office 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.