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Loren Duane Sharbono Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on October 28, 2010, before Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell, LOREN DUANE SHARBONO, a 70-year-old resident of Helena, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of firearms. Sentencing has been set for March 16, 2011. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

SHARBONO was convicted of deliberate homicide on April 25, 1975, in Richland County and sentenced to 75 years imprisonment with the Department of Corrections at the State Prison. As a result of this conviction, he was prohibited from possessing firearms. SHARBONO was initially paroled on May 12, 1987.

On June 17, 2010, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy responded to SHARBONO's residence based on a neighbor's complaint that SHARBONO shot their dog. When questioned, SHARBONO admitted to the deputy that he did shoot the dog. The deputy then called the Montana Probation and Parole Office in Helena with this information.

Montana Probation and Parole officers, as well as the deputy, conducted a probation search of SHARBONO's residence. They recovered four firearms (three firearms plus a receiver). Three of the firearms were loaded. SHARBONO showed them three of the four firearms behind the bedroom door. They located the fourth firearm under his bed.

The four firearms recovered from SHARBONO were a Fabrique Nationale .300 weatherby caliber receiver; a Winchester .22 magnum caliber rifle; a Zastava .25-06 caliber rifle; and a Savage Arms .300 caliber rifle. They also recovered 32 rounds of ammunition.

SHARBONO faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, 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.



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