Jonathan W. Walker Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 24, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, JONATHAN W. WALKER, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, was sentenced to a term of:
- ison: 24 months
- ecial Assessment: $200
- pervised Release: 3 years
WALKER was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to (2) counts of possession of stolen firearms.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan P. McCarthy, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
In May of 2012, a resident of Billings (L.L.) reported to the police that several items, including numerous firearms, were stolen from his home while his was out of the country for work. At a local pawn shop, L.L. recognized some of his stolen property. The store's records showed that WALKER had sold the items to the store. The store's records further revealed that WALKER had pawned about ninety items in a one to two week period. One of the items WALKER pawned was an Interarms, model Virginia Dragoon, .44 magnum revolver, which was one of the firearms L.L. reported missing.
On November 8, 2012, there was a report of numerous burglaries at a storage facility in Billings. One individual, J.O. reported that two of his firearms were stolen, including a Mossberg pump action, wood stock shotgun.
On November 18, 2012, Billings resident J.K. reported that sometime between November 17th and 18th someone broke into his vehicle and stole numerous items including a Savage Model 16 caliber .300 rifle.
On January 3, 2013, a detective with the Billings Police Department went to a store as part of his investigation into numerous burglaries in Billings. An employee informed the detective that a couple months prior he had bought two firearms from WALKER. He stated that he personally purchased the firearms and it was not related to the store where he was employed. The employee first purchased a Savage Model 16 caliber .300 rifle. Two weeks later, he purchased a Mossberg .12 gauge shotgun.
The employee stated that WALKER sold the firearms out of a U-Haul truck. When the employee purchased the firearms, he also saw many other items such as books, dolls, and couches in the U-Haul.
Detectives continued to investigate a string a burglaries at the storage facility. They learned that during the time period that the burglaries allegedly occurred, the passcode of one renter, B.C., was used numerous times to enter the facility. Detectives then spoke with B.C. and she stated that a man who lived in her apartment complex, T.B., had offered to clear out the items from her storage unit.
Detectives then spoke with T.B. T.B. admitted to using B.C.(s password to gain entry into the facility. He and two other people, WALKER and A.L., would steal items from other peoples' storage units. T.B. said that WALKER would cut the locks and then they would steal the items. WALKER and A.L. would use a U-Haul truck to load the stolen items. WALKER also rented his own unit at the facility, and they would keep the stolen items there before transporting them to a different location.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that he will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he 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 and the Billings Police Department.