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HELENA – After a two-trial, a jury today convicted a Montana City man of a firearms violation, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

K. Jeffery Knapp, 42, was charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

The jury found Knapp guilty of the crime in a trial that began on Tuesday. Knapp faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Senior U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell presided. Knapp was released pending sentencing, which was set for April 16, 2020.

“Felons who possess firearms are a threat to community safety. Mr. Knapp’s conviction sends the message that persons illegally possessing firearms will be held responsible. I want to thank Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bartleson, the prosecution team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office for their work on the case,” U.S. Attorney Alme said.

The prosecution presented evidence at trial that on April 3, law enforcement agents served a federal search warrant at Knapp’s home and found 16 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Two pistols were found on what appeared to be Knapp’s side of the bed. Knapp, having been convicted of two felonies in Colorado in 1994, knowingly illegally possessed firearms.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Bartleson prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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