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Charles Douglas Myers Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena, on September 16, 2009, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, CHARLES DOUGLAS MYERS, a 24-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. MYERS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 21 months, consecutive to another sentence
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: firearm
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

MYERS was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MYERS will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MYERS 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 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.

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws. In Montana, the effort under PSN is called "Catch and No Release."



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