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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Montana
Jesse Laslovich, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Billings Felon Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of 4 Stolen Firearms

BILLINGS — A Billings felon who admitted to illegally possessing four firearms, all stolen, was sentenced today to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Jesse Laslovich said.

The defendant, Armondo Anthony Ronquillo, 37, pleaded guilty in January to prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

In court documents, the government alleged that in January 2023, law enforcement served a search warrant on Ronquillo’s residence and located three handguns, 100 rounds of ammunition, meth, fentanyl pills and $546 in cash. Ronquillo admitted to selling drugs and trading them for firearms. In March 2023, Ronquillo was the front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped by law enforcement. Ronquillo had a fanny pack that contained a pistol and 10 rounds of ammunition. All four firearms in Ronquillo’s possession had been stolen. Ronquillo was prohibited from possessing firearms because of previous felony conviction in Montana.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karla. E. Painter prosecuted the case. The Billings Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.

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.



Clair J. Howard

Public Affairs Officer


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