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Bozeman man sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession

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MISSOULA - A Bozeman man charged with carrying a 9mm pistol with the serial number “obliterated” will spend the next 10 months in prison.

Max Edward Samaniego, 27, was sentenced Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen. Samaniego will also face three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, on May 28, 2016, Samaniego possessed a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number in Bozeman.  The pistol was found after he was stopped for reckless driving.

From June until August 2016, Samaniego possessed numerous firearms that were stolen from a Bozeman area residence.  Samaniego then traded four firearms to someone in Butte for a motorcycle.  Samaniego gave one firearm to a neighbor who helped him out.  Another firearm was given to a friend.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Bozeman Police Department, and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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