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Gregory Wayne Griffin Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on December 16, 2010, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, GREGORY WAYNE GRIFFIN appeared for sentencing. GRIFFIN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 5 years, with 3 months home arrest
  • Special Assessment: $100

GRIFFIN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm

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

On January 16, 2008, an undercover law enforcement officer (UC) bought two Kadian pills from GRIFFIN at GRIFFIN's residence in Troy. During the transaction, the UC observed GRIFFIN move a shotgun off a bed and put it behind the bedroom door. The UC asked GRIFFIN what he had and offered to buy the shotgun. The UC offered GRIFFIN $150 for the gun, and GRIFFIN told him that he (the UC) would have to take the serial numbers off the gun. GRIFFIN told the UC that he bought the gun at a yard sale and that he was not the person who had taken it. The shotgun, a Norinco 12-gauge shotgun, was purchased for $200 from GRIFFIN.

On January 5, 2000, GRIFFIN was convicted of felony grand theft in Florida and sentenced to 20 months in prison. His conviction was confirmed through receipt of a Florida penitentiary packet with the 2000 conviction paperwork from Pasco County, Florida.

A fingerprint comparison concluded that the person arrested and convicted of felony grant theft in Florida on January 5, 2000, and GRIFFIN who was arrested on April 5, 2008, in Lincoln Country are the same person.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that GRIFFIN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, GRIFFIN 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 conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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