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Missoula man sentenced to prison for illegal possession of firearm

Russell Smith Courthouse
Posted at 11:56 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 13:56:15-05

MISSOULA — A Missoula man who admitted illegally possessing a gun after having been convicted of a felony has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said.

Roosevelt Kenneth Thompson, 35, pleaded guilty on Sept. 11, 2020, to prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

The prosecution said in court documents that a Missoula Police Department officer stopped a vehicle in which Thompson was riding on Feb. 4, 2020.

The officer learned from dispatch that Thompson was on parole. The driver informed the officer that Thompson had a gun on his person. Thompson had prior felony convictions.

The officer had Thompson exit the vehicle, and Thompson informed the officer of the gun. Officers located a .45-caliber gun in a holster on Thompson’s chest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Clark prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Missoula Police Department.