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Jared Theodore Cox Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Helena on October 6, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, JARED THEODORE COX, a 21-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to transfer of a handgun to a juvenile. A sentencing date will be set at a later time. He is currently released on special conditions.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

During May 2009, COX purchased a .45 caliber handgun in Helena from a private individual. COX purchased the handgun for a juvenile with money provided by the juvenile, even though COX was aware from working with the individual that he was a juvenile. The juvenile had told COX that he wanted the handgun for home protection.

COX immediately transferred the handgun to the juvenile after purchasing it from the private individual. COX and the juvenile then went target shooting twice, once in May and once on June 1. COX purchased ammunition for the handgun with money from the juvenile both times.

On June 3, 2009, in Helena, the juvenile used the handgun to shoot three other juveniles. One juvenile is deceased, one was very critically wounded, and the third was wounded. The juvenile is being prosecuted by the Lewis and Clark County Attorney's Office for one count of deliberate homicide and two counts of attempted deliberate homicide. There was no evidence showing that COX knew or should have known that the juvenile planned to commit a homicide or attempted homicide with the handgun he purchased for the juvenile in May.

COX faces possible penalties of 1 year in prison, a $100,000 fine and 1 year supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Helena 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.



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