U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Montana
District of Montana
For Immediate Release
April 26, 2012
Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney
Contact: Jessica T. Fehr, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
(406) 247- 4637
Leigh Ann Richey Sentenced in U.S. District Court
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on April 26, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, LEIGH ANN RICHEY, a 29-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. RICHEY was sentenced to a term of:
- Prison: 60 months
- Special Assessment: $1,100
- Supervised Release: 3 years
RICHEY was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to being a felon-inpossession of a firearms, possession of stolen firearms. and distribution of methamphetamine.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On December 20, 2005, RICHEY was convicted of a felony crime in Georgia which therefore prohibited her from possessing firearms.
On December 19, 2010, RICHEY and another person made contact with an undercover Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Billings. The two sold the agent a Glock, model 22, .40 caliber semi-auto pistol and 3.8 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.
On January 5, 2011, RICHEY set up a narcotics deal with the undercover agent for in Billings. She brokered a deal via cell phone for two eightballs of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, from her source. RICHEY was present during the deal and received $40 for arranging the sale.
On September 30, 2011, RICHEY made contact with an undercover agent in Billings. She sold the agent a stolen Russian, model Mosin Nagant, Model 1891/30, 7.62 caliber bolt action rifle. RICHEY boasted that she had personally stolen the rifle. RICHEY told the agent that she had another stolen firearm to sell to him and made contact later in the day. At that time, she sold the agent a stolen Savage, model 99, .300 caliber lever action rifle.
On October 11, 2011, RICHEY again made contact with an undercover agent in Billings. She sold the agent a stolen Savage, model 93R17, .17 caliber bolt action rifle and again boasted that she had personally stolen the rifle.
On October 24, 2011, RICHEY once again made contact with an undercover agent in Billings. She sold the agent a stolen Ruger, model New Black Hawk, .357 caliber revolver that she again stated she had personally stolen.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the
truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that RICHEY will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, RICHEY 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.