Great Falls man sentenced for illegally possessing firearm
GREAT FALLS—A federal judge today sentenced Great Falls resident Marcus Wayne Logan, 44, to 14 months in prison and to three years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Logan pleaded guilty in October to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.
U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided.
An investigation found that the Montana State Prison released Logan on Feb. 26, 2018 and directed him to report to the probation and parole office in Great Falls. Logan, who had two prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms, signed a Firearms Regulation form acknowledging he was prohibited from possessing firearms. Logan checked in with probation but failed to show up for subsequent appointments. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Law enforcement ultimately arrested Logan in a traffic stop on April 18. In a search of the vehicle, a probation officer found a loaded, .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol in a backpack belonging to Logan.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Betley prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Great Falls Police Department.
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.