Gregory Dean Baldwin Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on February 29, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, GREGORY DEAN BALDWIN was sentenced to a term of:
Prison: 46 months
Special Assessment: $ 200
Supervised Release: 3 years
BALDWIN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Zink, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On January 15, 2002, BALDWIN was convicted of manufacture of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine) which precluded him from possessing firearms.
On July 20, 2010, officers with the Montana Violent Offenders Task Force and Probation and Parole began looking for BALDWIN for violations of his parole. Through an informant the officers were able to locate the truck BALDWIN was driving. The informant also said BALDWIN had a sawed-off shotgun. They located the truck in a trailer court at the residence of a federal offender. That offender's supervising officer was contacted and responded to the scene.
At the trailer, task force officers surrounded the residence and knocked on the door. A female answered and was removed. Another female, BALDWIN, and another male were located inside. The other male told the officers he saw BALDWIN possessing the sawed-off shotgun a few days before. The male said he and BALDWIN were comparing their tattoos and BALDWIN showed him a tattoo of a short-barreled pistol-gripped shotgun on his arm. According to the male, after BALDWIN showed him his tattoo, he said something to the effect of, "I've got the piece to match." The male said BALDWIN left the room and returned with a sawed-off shotgun with a pistol grip.
The officers conducted a search and located a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition in BALDWIN's truck. The recovered shotgun was a Smith & Wesson model 916 12 gauge, roughly sawed off to an overall length of less than 18 inches.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BALDWIN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BALDWIN 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 a cooperative effort between the U.S. Marshals Service Montana Violent Offenders Task Force, Montana Probation and Parole and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.