Ronald Wesley Wiley Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings on June 30, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RONALD WESLEY WILEY, age 51, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession and fugitive from justice in possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for September 29, 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:
In the fall of 2009, WILEY applied to visit an inmate at the Shelby Correctional Center. As part of standard procedure, authorities there ran a criminal background check on WILEY and learned he was a convicted felon and a wanted fugitive from Oregon. Further investigation revealed WILEY had been on parole in Oregon and had absconded more than 10 years ago. WILEY has multiple felony convictions, including two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 1995.
A Montana probation officer and members of the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force went to the address WILEY put on his application. From outside the apartment, they observed multiple firearms in plain view through the windows. Agents applied for and received a federal search warrant for the apartment and seized seven firearms from inside. Before the search, WILEY arrived outside and declined consent, saying he didn't want "his guns" taken away.
The firearms seized were identified as a Ruger Model 10/22 .22 caliber rifle; a Remington Model 700 7mm Magnum rifle; a Winchester .25-35 rifle; an F.I.E. .22 caliber revolver; a New England Arms Model Pardner 12 gauge shotgun; a Remington Model Sportsmaster 512-X .22 caliber rifle and a Savage Model 87A .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. Ammunition was also located.
WILEY 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 Montana Probation and Parole, the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force 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.