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Steven Alexander Acton Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

Friday, August 10, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on August 8, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, STEVEN ALEXANDER ACTON, a 27-year-old resident of Libby, pled guilty to robbery affecting commerce and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. Sentencing has been set for November 8, 2012. He is currently detained.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

ACTON and Bradley Thompson entered a home in Kalispell to rob X.X. of guns so ACTON could sell the guns in Oregon and get money to buy drugs. Kevin Gaethle knew X.X. and knew X.X. had a safe at his house with guns. Gaethle accompanied ACTON and Thompson to drive the vehicle. While in the house, both ACTON and Thompson had guns and pointed them at X.X.'s 16-year-old daughter who was there and made her take them to the safe. They stole the safe and later removed numerous guns and a small amount of marijuana from it.

Thompson was later stopped and had some of X.X.'s guns in his car. ACTON was stopped and also had some of X.X.'s guns in his car.

Gaethle and Thompson pled guilty to federal charges and are awaiting sentencing.

ACTON faces possible penalties of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. In addition, ACTON faces the possibility of an additional mandatory seven year imprisonment, consecutive to any other sentence, for the use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



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