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Steven Kent Debord Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on February 23, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, STEVEN KENT DEBORD, a 33-year-old resident of Bozeman, appeared for sentencing. DEBORD was sentenced to a term of:

Probation: 5 years, with 6 months of house arrest

Special Assessment: $100

DEBORD was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of firearms.

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 August 17, 2010, DEBORD, a two-time convicted felon, possessed two shotguns and a rifle in Gallatin County. DEBORD's prior convictions are for possession of marijuana for sale (2002) and possession of methamphetamine (2005) from California prohibited him from possession of firearms.

On August 17, 2010, a trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol stopped DEBORD for speeding. The trooper noticed a trap thrower and asked about firearms. DEBORD stated that he had a rifle and a shotgun and that he and his passengers were going shooting.

The trooper seized a Mossberg 500 shotgun that appeared to be shortened. The trooper allowed the passengers to take a Ruger .22 rifle and a New England Arms 12 gauge shotgun with them. The trooper noted that the firearms were: a New England Arms 12 gauge shotgun, a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. DEBORD told the trooper that he borrowed the shotgun from a friend. DEBORD was arrested on other charges.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Montana Highway Patrol and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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