Kevin Leroy Crowder Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on April 20, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, KEVIN LEROY CROWDER, a 50-year-old resident of the Bozeman area, appeared for sentencing. CROWDER was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 33 months
- Special Assessment: $200
- Supervised Release: lifetime
CROWDER 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 Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In May 2009, a Gallatin County Sheriff's Office detective was investigating a case with CROWDER as the suspect. The detective knew that CROWDER was a fugitive from Washington, where he was on supervision for a conviction for felony child molestation in the second degree in Clallam County Court, Washington. CROWDER was sentenced to 24 months confinement followed by 36 to 48 months community custody jail. CROWDER's felony conviction prohibited him from being in possession of a firearm or ammunition.
CROWDER fled to Montana while on supervision and lived first in Bozeman and then in a tent in the Hyalite Canyon area of the Gallatin National Forest south of Bozeman.
In September, the detective issued a press release seeking information about CROWDER's whereabouts. Several people reported CROWDER's whereabouts and that they had seen him during the summer there with a gun.
On September 29, CROWDER was located at a convenience store in Bozeman where he was arrested as a passenger in a truck. The truck's owner consented to a search of the truck and found in the truck was a bandolier-type belt loaded with shotgun shells that belonged to CROWDER. The driver reported that CROWDER had met him at his campsite carrying a shotgun, but the driver told CROWDER that he would not drive him to town with the shotgun. CROWDER hid the shotgun in the bushes by the driver's campsite.
The driver took law enforcement agents to the area where they found and seized the shotgun and ammunition. They also located CROWDER's campsite where two spent 12 gauge shotgun shell casings were found in plain view on the ground. The campsite was secured and a search warrant for the campsite was obtained.
Law enforcement agents served that warrant on October 1, 2009. Photographs of the campsite and tent were taken and seized from the area were numerous boxes of shotgun shells, a day planner with items of CROWDER's inside and other evidence. The shotgun was a Harrington and Richardson 12 gauge. The ammunition was also manufactured outside the state of Montana and traveled in interstate commerce.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CROWDER will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CROWDER 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 Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.