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Zollie Louis Byrd Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on March 23, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, ZOLLIE LOUIS BYRD, a 55-year-old resident of South Carolina, appeared for sentencing. BYRD was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 68 months, consecutive to a South Carolina sentence of 51 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Forfeiture: 21 firearms
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

BYRD was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to possession of an unregistered machinegun.

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:

On January 13, 2009, BYRD was convicted in South Carolina for possession of machineguns, thereby prohibiting from possession of any firearms.

On September 1, 2009, Broadwater County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call that someone had hit a fence in Townsend.

On September 2, 2009, BYRD was interviewed and admitted that he had recently been convicted for possession of machineguns. He stated he was traveling alone and all of the recovered firearms belonged to him. He also admitted that most of the firearms recovered were partially manufactured by him as he customized the firearms for his own use. BYRD stated that the Tec 9 was full-auto, meaning that when he held the trigger down, it fired as long as he depressed the trigger and would only stop when released.

Twenty other firearms and 3,000 rounds of related ammunition were also recovered from BYRD'S motor home.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BYRD will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BYRD 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 Broadwater County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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