Terry Theodore Dawkins Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 28, 2010, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, TERRY THEODORE DAWKINS, age 27, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and being a fugitive-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for February 3, 2011. 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:
On February 16, 2010, a Billings Police officer responded to a disturbance involving DAWKINS, who had reportedly shoved a female out of a vehicle into traffic. The officer frisked DAWKINS and discovered a magazine for a .380 pistol in his front shirt pocket. The officer also observed a Hi-Point CF380 pistol in plain view on the front passenger seat.
When questioned about the gun, both the female and DAWKINS denied ownership of the firearm at the scene, so it was seized as found property. However, DAWKINS called the officer the next day and said in a voicemail message that the gun belonged to him and he wanted it back. In the message, DAWKINS stated that the officer "had no right to take [his] gun" and he would call the Attorney General if his gun were not promptly returned.
DAWKINS was prohibited from possession of firearms because of felony convictions from North and South Carolina. Additionally, DAWKINS was a wanted fugitive from South Carolina. The recovered firearm had been reported as stolen and the recovered magazine did in fact belong to the firearm.
DAWKINS 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 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.