Montana Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearm Charge
LAS CRUCES – Yesterday in federal court in Las Cruces, Montana resident Rebecca Jewel Seiler, 48, pleaded guilty to a federal firearm charge. Seiler has been in federal custody since January 6, 2011, and will remain detained pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.
United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Seiler was charged in a one-count indictment as a felon in possession of a firearm based on conduct occurring on May 20, 2009, in Grant County, New Mexico. According to this indictment, Seiler was prohibited from possessing firearms because she previously had been convicted of felonies for forgery and possession of methamphetamine in Yakima County, Washington.
In entering her plea, Seiler admitted that, on May 20, 2009, when officers from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police executed a Montana state warrant for Seiler’s arrest, officers found a .44 caliber revolver, a .45 caliber pistol and three rifles in the motor home in which Seiler was residing.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Aaron O. Jordan.