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

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Laurel man sentenced to two years for having stolen gun

BILLINGS – Laurel resident David Dorrow Roundy, 42, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years supervised release on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme said.

Roundy pleaded guilty in August to possession of a stolen firearm, a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided at sentencing.

In March 2017, law enforcement responded to a series of burglaries near 64th Street South in Billings and learned that a suspect had been seen fleeing on foot. At about the same time, officers received a call of a pickup truck being stolen in the area.

Officers pursued the truck, which left the road, went through a fence and across a field before becoming disabled. The suspect, identified as Roundy, fled on foot but was tracked to a garage and arrested. A pat-down search of Roundy turned up a rifle magazine and live rounds of ammunition.

Further investigation determined that ammunition found in the truck was the same brand and caliber as ammunition found on Roundy. And during a search of the immediate area of the stolen pickup, officers found a .22 caliber bolt-action rifle in the snow in an irrigation ditch. The rifle used the same magazines that were found in Roundy’s possession and were the same brand of ammunition as found in the stolen pickup.  A trace on the rifle determined that its original purchaser had been the victim of a burglary in March 2017 and lived in the same general area as the burglaries and the recovery of the stolen pickup.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno Baucus 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.

 

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Clair Johnson Howard Public Information Officer 406-247-4623
Updated December 6, 2018