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Rodney Allen Pitts, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on May 10, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, RODNEY ALLEN PITTS, JR., a 30-year-old resident of Winnett, appeared for sentencing. PITTS was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 15 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 2 years

PITTS 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 Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

In 2004, PITTS was convicted of various burglary and drug related offenses, felony crimes punishable by more than a year in Arizona thereby prohibiting him from possessing firearms.

On March 28, 2011, PITTS made contact with an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Billings and sold him a Mossberg, model 835 VCTI-MAG, 12 gauge pump-action shotgun for $150.

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