Jose Manuel Corchado, Jr. Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on February 2, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, JOSE MANUEL CORCHADO, JR., a 21-year-old resident of Billings, pled guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Sentencing is set for May 5, 2010.
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 the early evening of March 27, 2008, Billings Police Department officers were sent to investigate a burglary in progress. In the area, they encountered a vehicle with multiple occupants and two males walking toward that car. The two men matched the description of the burglary suspects. Multiple officers converged and detained the two men and the occupants of the vehicle. The two men were identified as CORCHADO and J.R. Officers located a firearm on J.R.'s person, a "Jennings NINE," 9mm semi-automatic pistol. CORCHADO had $6,556 in cash on his person, $6,000 of which was in a clear plastic baggie.
When J.R. was asked where he got the firearm, he said it belonged to CORCHADO. Law enforcement later discovered the pistol had been stolen on December 16, 2007. When interviewed, CORCHADO admitted possession of the gun. When advised that the gun was stolen, CORCHADO declined to state where or how he acquired it and the interview concluded.
CORCHADO 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.