Belcourt Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearm & Ammunition by a Convicted Felon
BISMARCK - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on
Nov. 19, 2012, Michael W. Gourneau, 32, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced by
U.S. District Judge Patrick A. Conmy on a charge of possession of firearm and
ammunition by a convicted felon.
Judge Conmy sentenced Gourneau to serve two years and nine months in federal
prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Gourneau was ordered to pay
a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.
During the early evening hours of Dec. 13, 2011, Bureau of Indian Affairs officers
(Turtle Mountain Agency) responded to a report of a firearm being discharged in a
residence in Shell Valley Housing, Belcourt, N.D. Upon arrival, officers discovered that
Gourneau had verbally threatened individuals in the home and fired a .357 magnum
caliber revolver into the floor causing damage to a water line.
Gourneau was prohibited from possessing either a firearm or ammunition by virtue
of his previous convictions for corruption or solicitation of a minor, in
Ward County, N.D., in 2008; a controlled substance crime in the fifth degree, in Polk
County, Minn., in 2008; and failure to appear for court, in Polk County, Minn., in 2008.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms &
Explosives and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Turtle Mountain Agency.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.