Connor Hayden Kraegel Arraigned and Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in on Missoula, on January 6, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch, CONNOR HAYDEN KRAEGEL, a 20-year-old resident of Poolsville, Maryland, was arraigned and pled guilty to theft from a federal firearms licensee. Sentencing is set for April 8, 2011. He is currently released on special conditions.
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 February 8, 2010, at approximately 2:00 a.m., KRAEGEL burglarized Bob Ward and Sons Inc. sporting goods store in Bozeman. KRAEGEL broke through a back door to the store and grabbed an armload of various firearms before walking out of the store. During the burglary, KRAEGEL took 11 firearms (nine of which were recovered).
Bob Ward and Sons Inc. maintains a federal firearms license to deal in firearms, this includes buying and selling firearms. Bob Ward and Sons Inc.'s license was active on February 8, 2010, as well as before and after that date. The stolen firearms were in the business inventory of Bob Wards and Sons Inc. before KRAEGEL took them.
KRAEGEL 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 Bozeman Missouri River Drug Task Force, the Montana State University 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.