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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of Utah
Trina A. Higgins, United States Attorney
Contact: Felicia Martinez,
For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 30, 2023

Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Stolen Firearms and Ammunition

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Jerime Montoya, 29, of Salt Lake County, Utah, was sentenced today to 60 months’ imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of stolen firearms and ammunition.

According to court documents, and admissions made during his change of plea hearing, Montoya possessed a Springfield Arms Co. AR-15 rifle, a Taurus G3c 9mm handgun, a Walther PPS M2 LE edition 9mm handgun, and ammunition. Montoya admitted that he knew it was illegal for him to possess firearms after a previous felony conviction. He also admitted that he knew the firearms were stolen because he stole them from their lawful owners. The firearms were manufactured outside of Utah, and then traveled to Utah in interstate commerce.

U.S. Attorney Trina A. Higgins of the District of Utah made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ruth Hackford-Peer of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah prosecuted the case.

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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