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Arlee man sent back to prison for illegal possession of firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

MISSOULA—An Arlee man with a felony record was sentenced today to five years in prison and three years of supervised release after he admitted to illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Gregory Scott Tolley, 59, pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm in September.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy presided.

The prosecution said in court records that in December 2018, Tolley was arrested on a state court warrant for failure to appear. At the time, Tolley also was on state probation for felony theft. Officers searched the vehicle Tolley was driving and found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition. In 1994, Tolley was convicted in federal District Court in Montana of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession of an unregistered firearm and sentenced to 13.5 years in prison. Tolley knew he could not possess firearms because he had signed firearm notification forms in 2007 and 2012, acknowledging that his felony convictions prohibited him from having firearms or ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Probation and Parole, the Montana Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service.

The case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.





Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer

Updated December 20, 2019

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