Anaconda man sentenced for illegal firearm possession after admitting to making a bomb

Posted at 9:59 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 00:00:32-05

An Anaconda man who admitted making a bomb was sentenced Friday to four years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Maxie Richard Arthur, 43, pleaded guilty in November to possession of an unregistered firearm.

According to court documents Arthur possessed a destructive device, a bomb, which was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

In August 2019, law enforcement arrested Arthur on another offense and in a search of his residence, found firearms and a bomb made by Arthur.

Arthur told law enforcement he made the bomb and that he and a friend were going to buy zombie mannequins that bleed to see what the bomb did when it blew up.

He also admitted buying, possessing and shooting the firearms and that because he was a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing them.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Law Enforcement.