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Christopher Leighton Hall Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, February 12, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on February 10, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, CHRISTOPHER LEIGHTON HALL, a 37-year-old resident of Virginia, appeared for sentencing. HALL was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 42 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

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

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:

HALL has numerous felony convictions from Virginia, ranging from 1993 to 2002. At the end of December 2008, HALL pawned a Browning BAR .270 rifle at Western Pawnbrokers in Billings.

Investigators learned the owner of the rifle loaned it to HALL at HALL'S request so they could go elk hunting together. Following the hunt, the owner contacted HALL and tried unsuccessfully to get his rifle back. Later, HALL'S wife contacted the owner and told him the gun was pawned. She helped the owner recover the rifle from the pawnshop. The owner then contacted law enforcement.

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

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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