Cloise Calub Herman Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 16, 2010, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, CLOISE CALUB HERMAN, a 28-year-old resident of Winnett/Hilger, pled guilty to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for April 4, 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:
On October 8, 2009, HERMAN was sentenced in Fergus County after having been convicted of aggravated assault, therefore prohibiting him from possession of firearms.
On June 22, 2010, HERMAN was stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Lewistown. HERMAN became agitated and belligerent when anyone approached his vehicle. Officers observed four rifles and at least one handgun in plain view inside the truck cab during the traffic stop.
Officers then obtained a search warrant for HERMAN's vehicle. On June 25, 2010, the search warrant was executed. During the search officers recovered six firearms from HERMAN's truck. They were:
Springfield Armory .30-40 krag caliber rifle;
Savage .223 caliber rifle;
Marlin .22 caliber rifle;
Mossberg .22 caliber rifle;
Bryco Arms .22 caliber pistol; and,
Heritage Manufacturing .22 caliber revolver.
Officers also located 392 rounds of corresponding ammunition.
HERMAN faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by 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.