Written by The Wolf Point Herald
A 25-year-old Poplar man will serve 35 months in federal prison for being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on Feb. 12 before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, Danny Thomas Fox appeared for sentencing. Fox was also ordered to pay a special assessment of $100, will forfeit a shotgun and have three years supervised release in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-in-possession of a firearm.
In an offer of proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On July 11, 2012, Fox, a convicted felon, was spotted by Fort Peck law enforcement standing by a vehicle with a shotgun in the middle of the night. He dropped the shotgun and began to run. Law enforcement pursued him, ultimately arresting him and securing the shotgun.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the “truth in sentencing” guidelines mandate that he will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, he does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for “good behavior.” However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Poplar Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.