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April Dawn Schumacher Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 18, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, APRIL DAWN SCHUMACHER, a 30-year-old resident of Roundup, appeared for sentencing. SCHUMACHER was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 30 months

Special Assessment: $100

Supervised Release: 3 years

SCHUMACHER was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.

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

On November 17, 2011, SCHUMACHER was convicted in Montana state court of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs, a felony, and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony, thereby prohibiting her from possessing firearms.

On November 28, 2011, a probation and parole officer learned that SCHUMACHER had tested positive for methamphetamine. The next day, a probation officer and a sheriff's deputy conducted a home visit for SCHUMACHER in Roundup. They found three adults and a small child in the house. SCHUMACHER and another male were in the front room. SCHUMACHER told officers that there was another individual named "Teddy" in the bedroom sleeping.

When the probation officer opened the bedroom door he noticed a black gun case to his right leaning up against the wall. He then saw someone moving on the far north wall behind the bed. He drew his duty weapon and instructed him to show his hands. Teddy stood up and was then placed in custody and escorted to the front room.

After a search of the residence, it was determined that there was a 30-06 Remington rifle in the black case in the bedroom. The deputy spoke with both Ted and SCHUMACHER about the Remington rifle. Ted stated that he was aware the gun was in the house and certain that April brought it to their new residence. Ted said that he was aware the rifle was at the other residence. He described the rifle as a 30-06 Remington with a wood stock.

The deputy also spoke with SCHUMACHER and she stated that she had brought the rifle to their new residence and that her old landlord was supposed to come get it. SCHUMACHER said she brought the rifle to the residence on either the 19th or 20th of November.

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