Sheila L. Labo 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 Billings on July 15, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, SHEILA L. LABO, a 41-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for October 14, 2009. She is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In 2003 in Wisconsin, LABO was convicted of storing ammonia in an illegal container and thereby prohibited from possessing firearms.
In December of 2008, in Billings, a man reported the theft of two guns from his truck. They were identified as a Taurus "Raging Bull 500," .50 caliber revolver and a muzzleloader rifle.
The victim reported that LABO, his ex-girlfriend, was the only person who had access to the combination keypad for his truck. He immediately identified her as the likely suspect because the theft was done without damage to the truck.
A Billings Police detective conducted a search of pawn transactions and learned that LABO pawned the guns at two different pawn shops. She pawned the Taurus revolver on December 15, 2008.
When interviewed by an Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, LABO admitted taking the guns.
LABO faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Police Department 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.