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Brian Klobuchar Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Missoula on November 17, 2009, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, BRIAN KLOBUCHAR, a 46-year-old resident of Ravalli County, pled guilty to disposal of hazardous waste without a permit. Sentencing is set for February 19, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

On September 10, 2008, KLOBUCHAR was observed dumping numerous chemicals into a latrine at a campsite at the Bass Creek Campground in Ravalli County. These chemicals were tested and the conclusion was that they included acetone. KLOBUCHAR did not have a permit to dispose of the hazardous waste.

KLOBUCHAR faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, a $50,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by the Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service.

A copy of the Offer of Proof can be obtained by contacting Sally Frank at (406) 247-4638.



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