Edward Henry Pratt Sentenced in U.S. District Court
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 13, 2013|
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls on December 11, 2013, before Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, Edward Henry Pratt, a 35-year-old resident of Browning, was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 96 months
- Special assessment: $100
- Supervised Release: three years
Pratt was sentenced 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:
In 2006, Pratt was convicted of felony controlled substances, which therefore prohibited him from possessing firearms.
On March 23, 2011, in Browning, Pratt possessed a Savage/Springfield, model 67 series E, 12-gauge, pump-action shotgun.
Pratt had been drinking at a residence in Browning, holding the firearm and showing it to various people in an effort to sell it. Multiple individuals observed Pratt with the firearm.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that Pratt will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, Pratt 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 conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.