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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

James Fray Sentenced To Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms

The United States Attorney's Office announced that JAMES EUGENE FRAY, 59, of Missoula, was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment, $10,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release, during a federal court session in Missoula on April 29, 2014, before Senior U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy. Fray was sentenced in connection with his December 2013 guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette L. Stewart told the Court that between September 25, 2013, and October 4, 2013, Fray, a federally convicted felon, possessed ten firearms in Missoula, Montana. Fray has a federal conviction for a violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 922 (h), being a convicted felon receiving a firearm, that prohibits him from possessing firearms. The case agent obtained a certified copy of the Judgment from the United States District Court in North Dakota which documents Fray's name as James Anthony Frey. Due to a previous ATF investigation, the case agent verified that James Eugene Fray and James Anthony Frey are one and the same person.

Some of those firearms were stolen. On October 3, 2013, Missoula area law enforcement executed a search warrant on Fray's Toyota pickup truck. During the search warrant execution, the officers recovered firearms and ammunition. The firearms were stolen from a storage shed in the Missoula area. Investigation revealed that Fray purchased the firearms knowing that they were stolen.

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Updated January 14, 2015