James Wayne Mann Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula on April 30, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, JAMES WAYNE MANN, a 54-year-old resident of Butte, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for July 28, 2010. He is currently detained.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Racicot, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In 2009, MANN was on supervised release following his release from prison for a bank robbery conviction in 2000.
In early September 2009, MANN admitted to his probation officer that he had stolen four firearms from his landlord in Butte and pawned them.
Following an investigation, it was discovered that MANN had pawned a .303-caliber rifle in Butte on August 25, 2009, and two Winchester, Model 12, 12-gauge shotguns on September 2, 2009. MANN also pawned a .22-caliber rifle in Butte on August 31, 2009.
MANN 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 Montana Probation and Parole 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.