Billings man sentenced in firearms theft
BILLNGS—Billings resident Austin Lee Lamb was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for conviction of theft and possessing stolen firearms after a pawn shop burglary, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme announced.
U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided at the hearing. Judge Watters also ordered Lamb to pay $650 restitution and imposed three years supervised release.
Lamb, 19, pleaded guilty on June 26 to theft from a federally licensed firearms dealer and to possession of stolen firearms.
An investigation into a burglary at Northwest Pawn & Gun in Billings on April 13, 2017 led to Lamb. A surveillance video showed three individuals attempting to break into the business and eventually Lamb pried open a door. All three persons entered. Lamb was convicted of having possessed a stolen semi-automatic pistol and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Suek prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of its renewed focus on targeting violent criminals.
Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer