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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of North Dakota

For Immediate Release

November 16, 2011

Timothy Q. Purdon, United States Attorney

Contact: Beth Lang, Public Information Officer
(701) 530-2420

Dodge Man Sentenced for Firearm Charges

BISMARCK — United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on November 14, 2011, Dustin Wolff, 36, of Dodge, North Dakota, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Patrick A. Conmy on a charge of possession of an illegal firearm and a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

On November 13, 2010, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office was contacted due to a report that Wolff had been drinking extensively and concerns over his behavior. When a Dunn County Deputy responded to Wolff’s residence in Dodge, North Dakota, they found that Wolff had a short–barrel .410 gauge shotgun. The shotgun had been cut to a barrel length of approximately 11 inches, and overall length of approximately 16 inches. It is illegal to possess a shotgun having one or more barrels less than 18 inches in length or an overall length of 26 inches.

On January 2, 2011, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office received another call requesting assistance regarding Wolff. When they responded to his residence, it was discovered that he had access to a Marlin .17 caliber rifle.

Wolff is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to two felony convictions: a 2007 DUI in Nebraska, and a 2003 terrorizing in Mercer County, North Dakota.

Judge Conmy sentenced Wolff to serve two years and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Wolff was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant United States Attorney David Hagler prosecuted the case.