MISSOULA - A Whitehall felon who was arrested after fighting with his half-brother with a knife then pointing a gun at him and a friend will spend the next 30 months in prison for gun possession.
Terry Lynn Sturdevant also faces three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.
On March 5, 2016, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a fight between two brothers with a knife in Whitehall.
Sturdevant was fighting with his half-brother. According to medical personnel, he had a short-barreled revolver that he was pointing at his half-brother and a friend during the argument. Both Sturdevant and his half-brother sustained cuts during the fight.
By the time deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrived, Sturdevant had fled the house. Law enforcement officers found him in the backyard. In the same area, they also found a .22 caliber revolver loaded with one spent round and four live rounds.
In 2009, Sturdevant was convicted of felony second-degree burglary in the State of New York.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sturdevant’s sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program. Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided over the hearing.