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Ryland Lynn Sorensen Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 3, 2009, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RYLAND LYNN SORENSEN, a 61-year-old resident of Red Lodge, appeared for sentencing. SORENSEN was sentenced to a term of:

Probation: 5 years, with the special condition that he is to reside/remain at an approved facility or assisted living until released by the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Probation Office

  • Special Assessment: $100

SORENSEN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being in possession of a firearm while being the subject of a court order.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that SORENSEN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, SORENSEN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

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.



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