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Ronald Wesley Wiley Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on September 29, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, RONALD WESLEY WILEY, age 51, appeared for sentencing. WILEY was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 23 months, concurrent with another sentence
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

WILEY was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession and fugitive from justice in possession of a firearm.

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.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that WILEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, WILEY 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 Montana Probation and Parole, the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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