Dameon Booth Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on April 28, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, DAMEON BOOTH, age 22, pled guilty to receipt of a firearm while under indictment. Sentencing has been set for July 28, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
As of April 21, 2008, BOOTH was under indictment for state felony charges for robbery. He was incarcerated until he posted bond and was released from custody on May 9, 2008. He later absconded and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On May 28, 2008, the gun at issue in this case was reported stolen in Billings.
On August 9, 2008, two individuals called police to report being threatened with a gun. Numerous officers arrived at the Burger King on 27th Street and surrounded the suspect vehicle. They witnessed BOOTH run from the vehicle carrying a handgun, later identified as a Hi Point C9 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Officers gave numerous commands to BOOTH to drop the gun. BOOTH eventually tossed the gun, in view of the police. When officers recovered the gun, they found that it was loaded.
BOOTH faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and at least 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Billings Police Department and 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.