Livingston man admits illegal possession of firearm | USAO-MT

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BILLINGS — A Livingston man today admitted to illegally possessing a firearm while using drugs after law enforcement seized firearms, ammunition and drug paraphernalia that tested positive for methamphetamine in his residence, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

Daniel Joseph Colvin, 35, pleaded guilty to prohibited person in possession of firearm. Colvin faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided. The court will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. Judge Watters set sentencing for March 30, 2023. Colvin was released pending further proceedings.

The government alleged in court documents that in the spring of 2022, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received information that Colvin was in possession of firearms and was heavily using meth and fentanyl. Agents executed a search warrant on Colvin’s residence and seized firearms and ammunition belonging to Colvin and also located numerous items of drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth. Witnesses told law enforcement that Colvin would buy and use fentanyl and was using meth.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas K. Godfrey is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the ATF and Park County Sheriff’s Office.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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