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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Montana

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2012

Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney

Contact: Jessica T. Fehr, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana
(406) 247- 4637

Steven Alexander Acton Sentenced in U.S. District Court

The United States Attorney‘s Office announced that during a federal court session in Helena, on November 8, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, STEVEN ALEXANDER ACTON, a 27-year-old resident of Libby, appeared for sentencing. ACTON was sentenced to a term of:

  • Prison: 102 months
  • Special Assessment: $200
  • Restitution: $4,401
  • Supervised Release: 5 years

ACTON was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to robbery affecting commerce and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence. In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara J. Elliott, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

ACTON and Bradley Thompson entered a home in Kalispell to rob X.X. of guns so ACTON could sell the guns in Oregon and get money to buy drugs. Kevin Gaethle knew X.X. and knew X.X. had a safe at his house with guns. Gaethle accompanied ACTON and Thompson to drive the vehicle. While in the house, both ACTON and Thompson had guns and pointed them at X.X.'s 16-year-old daughter who was there and made her take them to the safe. They stole the safe and later removed numerous guns and a small amount of marijuana from it.

Thompson was later stopped and had some of X.X.‘s guns in his car. ACTON was stopped and also had some of X.X.‘s guns in his car. Gaethle and Thompson pled guilty to federal charges.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the truth in sentencing guidelines mandate that ACTON will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, ACTON 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.