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John Gavin Malizia Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 13, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JOHN GAVIN MALIZIA, a 47-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for July 22, 2010. He is currently released on special conditions.

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

On October 13, 2003, MALIZIA was convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of the State of Washington, which thereby prohibited him from possession of firearms.

On February 2, 2009, MALIZIA possessed and pawned a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun in Helena and then attempted to redeem the same.

MALIZIA faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was conducted by 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.



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