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Arlee man sent back to prison for illegal possession of firearm

Gregory Scott Tolley
Posted at 3:53 PM, Dec 20, 2019

MISSOULA — An Arlee man with a felony record has been sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release after he admitted to illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Gregory Scott Tolley, 59, pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm in September.

The prosecution said in court records that in December 2018, Tolley was arrested on a state court warrant for failure to appear. At the time, Tolley also was on state probation for felony theft. Officers searched the vehicle Tolley was driving and found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and ammunition.

Tolley was convicted in federal court in 1994 of being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession of an unregistered firearm and sentenced to 13.5 years in prison.

Tolley knew he could not possess firearms because he had signed firearm notification forms in 2007 and 2012, acknowledging that his felony convictions prohibited him from having firearms or ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyndee Peterson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the FBI, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Probation and Parole, the Montana Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service.