U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of North Dakota
District of North Dakota
For Immediate Release
July 2, 2012
Contact: Beth Lang
Moffitt Couple Sentenced for Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by Convicted Felon
BISMARCK, N.D.— First Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim announced that on June 29, 2012, Arthur L. Funk, 39, and Dorothy L. Oster, 47, both of Moffit, N.D., were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on charges of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. Funk pleaded guilty to the charge on January 20, 2012. Oster pleaded guilty to the charge on March 16, 2012.
Judge Hovland sentenced Funk to one year and one day in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Funk was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.
Judge Hovland sentenced Oster to two years in federal prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. The sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with a three year North Dakota state court sentence that she was ordered to serve on December 14, 2011. Oster was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.
In September 2011, Oster was on probation due to a 2010 Burleigh County (North Dakota) state court conviction for promoting obscenity to a minor.
On September 22, 2011, law enforcement officials executed a search at the Moffit, N.D., residence of Oster and Funk. During the search, they found four firearms and various rounds of ammunition, all accessible to both Oster and Funk. One of the firearms was found to have been purchased by Joseph James Oster for Funk in June 2011.
On May 15, 2012, Joseph James Oster was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to a charge of false statement in acquisition of a firearm. Joseph Oster had falsely stated that he was purchasing the gun for himself, when in fact he was purchasing it for Funk.
Funk was prohibited from possessing a firearm by virtue of his prior felony convictions for arson and burglary in 1996 and knowingly concealing stolen property in 1999.
Oster was prohibited from possessing a firearm by virtue of her prior felony conviction for promoting obscenity to a minor in 2010.
The case was investigated by the ATF, the North Dakota Parole & Probation Office, the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department and the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.