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Eric Owen Boyd Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Monday, March 29, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on March 29, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, ERIC OWEN BOYD, a 32-year-old resident of East Helena, appeared for sentencing. BOYD was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 33 months, concurrent with a state sentence
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

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

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 October 17, 2002, BOYD was convicted of felony theft, thereby prohibiting him from possession of firearms.

On January 6, 2008, while at the East Helena residence of his girlfriend, BOYD drank a bottle of whiskey and retrieved a Jennings/Bryco Arms, Model J-22, .22 caliber pistol from the girlfriend's room. The pistol belonged to BOYD'S mother. After retrieving the pistol, BOYD called his mother and spoke to her about his own death and taking his life. His girlfriend tried to take the pistol away from BOYD. BOYD took the pistol back from his girlfriend and shot himself in the stomach. BOYD'S girlfriend then shouted for her roommate who was asleep in the other room of the residence. The roommate came out and put the pistol in his room before calling 911.

A Lewis and Clark Sheriff's deputy arrived on the scene before the medical units. He spoke with BOYD about why BOYD shot himself, and BOYD told him the wound was an accident while he was "fiddling" with the gun.

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

This conviction is yet another important outcome from Project Safe Neighborhoods, a national priority of the United States Department of Justice. PSN is designed as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to reduce violent crime and gun-related crime through the vigorous enforcement of the criminal provisions of the federal firearms laws. In Montana, the effort under PSN is called "Catch and No Release."



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