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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Montana

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2011

Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney

Contact: Jessica T. Fehr, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
(406) 247- 4637

Dennis Lee Allan Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 8, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DENNIS LEE ALLAN, a 51-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. ALLAN was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 84 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

ALLAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to being a felon-inpossession of a firearm.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kory Larsen, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following: ALLAN was convicted of felony grand theft in California in 1993 and therefore was prohibited from possessing firearms.

On June 30, 2009, the Great Falls Police Department received an anonymous letter from an individual stating that ALLAN, the kitchen manager at a sports bar, was selling prescription drugs. Detectives began following up and spoke to a confidential informant (CI) who stated that ALLAN was selling prescription drugs. The CI said ALLAN recently received two .22 caliber handguns in exchange for prescription drugs. The CI reported that he/she saw the guns and advised that the serial numbers were scraped off of both. The CI said ALLAN kept one of the handguns in a safe in the home but didn’t know about the other. On October 19, 2009, a detective made contact again with the CI who said he/she hangs out with ALLAN and had been at his house as recently as October 15, 2009. The CI said he/she observed a gun sitting on the kitchen counter.

Based upon this and other information related to the ongoing drug investigation, a state district court search warrant for ALLAN's home was obtained. Law enforcement spoke to ALLAN on arrival and did a pat down search for weapons. ALLAN said he didn’t have any weapons on him, but admitted there was a pistol on the kitchen counter with the serial number scratched off. Detectives recovered a Smith and Wesson, Model 422, .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. ALLAN admitted he knew the serial number was obliterated when he got it. Also found were 49 rounds of .22 caliberammunition.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that ALLAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, ALLAN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for good behavior. However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.