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Danny Wade Cook Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 28, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, DANNY WADE COOK, a 50-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. COOK was sentenced to a term of:

Probation: 5 years (with 15 months home confinement or state custody)

Special Assessment: $100

COOK 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 Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2000 and 2003, in Missoula County, COOK was convicted of felony driving while under the influence (DUI) (7th and 8th offenses). As a result of these convictions, as well as a felony conviction in Utah, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Evidence would have been provided to show that COOK was in possession of a firearm on three occasions in Missoula: October 21, 2008; July 5, 2009; and September 4, 2009; when COOK pawned either a H&R .22 caliber rifle or a Remington 16 gauge shotgun.

In June of 2010, when questioned, COOK admitted to possessing and pawning the rifle or shotgun on each date listed above. COOK stated that the pawn shops let him sign for the firearms and that he should not have possessed them. COOK further stated that he should have left the firearms with his friend.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that COOK will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, COOK 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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