Bobbi Rochelle Hurley Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on January 10, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, BOBBI ROCHELLE HURLEY, a 42-year-old resident of Seeley Lake, appeared for sentencing. HURLEY was sentenced to a term of:
- Community Confinement: 8 months
- Special Assessment: $100.00
- Probation: 5 years
HURLEY 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 Paulette L. Stewart, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On September 24, 2011, HURLEY, a convicted felon on state supervision, possessed a Smith & Wesson .44-magnum revolver in the Lolo National Forest. United States Forest Service officers and fire suppression crews located HURLEY and her boyfriend while investigating an out of control/run away campfire. The USFS officers and fire suppression crew members saw HURLEY and her boyfriend shoot the revolver at green trees near them. HURLEY later admitted that she shot the revolver.
A USFS wild land firefighter observed both HURLEY and her boyfriend shoot the revolver across the drainage in a south/southeasterly direction from his location. The firefighter then advised them to stop shooting due to firefighters and the helicopter in the area fighting the fire. They complied with his request.
During this time, HURLEY lost her keys and requested a ride to Seeley Lake. The USFS officer who gave HURLEY and her boyfriend a ride secured a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver, model 629-3. The officer unloaded several rounds from the revolver and secured in the front seat of his patrol vehicle while transporting them. The officer then returned the revolver to HURLEY's boyfriend as he did not run a criminal history check on either one until November 2, 2011.
When interviewed later, HURLEY stated that she unsure how many times she fired the pistol. HURLEY acknowledged that she was a convicted felon who could not possess firearms.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that HURLEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, HURLEY 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 Law Enforcement and Investigations Division of the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Montana Probation and Parole.