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Leslie Ross Olson Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on March 10, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LESLIE ROSS OLSON, a 52-year-old resident of Malta, pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Sentencing has been set for June 24, 2010. He is currently detained.

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

On the evening of June 19, 2009, Fort Belknap Patrol Officers were closing a sobriety checkpoint near Hays and heading toward Lodgepole to set up a second checkpoint when OLSON drove up to them. OLSON asked the officers for help getting some kids out of his house in Lodgepole. The officers radioed another officer who decided that all the officers should respond to OLSON's house, because they were headed that way.

An officer arrived at the residence and observed three people run into the house through the back door. He also observed OLSON arrive at the house. The individuals who had ran into the house claimed that OLSON had pointed a rifle at them earlier in the evening. The officer went to the car which OLSON had driven to the house and saw a rifle propped on the passenger seat with the barrel pointing to the floor board and the rifle butt sticking up. The officer retrieved the rifle, cleared the live round in the chamber, and ejected the magazine.

The government would have presented evidence that OLSON had previously pled guilty to domestic abuse and therefore was prohibited from possession of firearms.

OLSON 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Belknap Law Enforcement.

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



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