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Travis Nelson Migneault Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Friday, June 08, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on June 8, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TRAVIS NELSON MIGNEAULT, a 23-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared for sentencing. MIGNEAULT was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 18 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

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

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 June 25, 2008, MIGNEAULT was convicted of felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs, which therefore prohibited him from possession of firearms or ammunition.

On September 29, 2010, after a traffic stop, a car chase, and evacuation of the Missoula public library, law enforcement recovered a Zastava 7.62 caliber semi-automatic rifle, a Raven .25 caliber pistol, and approximately 130 rounds of 7.62 ammunition and approximately 10 rounds of .25 caliber ammunition from MIGNEAULT's vehicle. When questioned, MIGNEAULT admitted possessing the rifle and pistol. He also admitted that he knew he could not possess them as a convicted felon.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that MIGNEAULT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, MIGNEAULT 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missoula Police Department, and the Montana Probation and Parole.



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