Helena firearms dealer, three others charged with firearms violations

GREAT FALLS—A federal firearms licensee at Modern Pawn and Consignment, a Helena business, and three others were arraigned on July 15 on charges in an indictment alleging multiple firearms crimes, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said today.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston and pleading not guilty were Isaiah Maurice Morsette, 38 of Boulder; Catherine Suzanne Morsette, 38, of Boulder; Douglas Wayne Sullivan, 69, of Boulder and Helena; and Richard Joe Munoz, 34, of Helena. All defendants were released pending further proceedings.

Isaiah Morsette is charged with possession of stolen ammunition (propellant powder), prohibited person in possession of firearms and false statement during firearms sale.

Catherine Morsette, a licensed dealer of firearms, is charged with possession of stolen ammunition (propellant powder), false statement during firearms sale at Modern Pawn and Consignment and failure to keep proper records at Modern Pawn and Consignment.

Douglas Sullivan is charged with possession of stolen ammunition (propellant powder) and prohibited person in possession of ammunition.

Richard Munoz is charged with prohibited person in possession of firearms.

The indictment alleges the crimes occurred from February to April in Helena and Boulder.

If convicted of the most serious crime, the defendants face a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,00 fine and three years of supervised release.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Helena Police Department investigated the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

PACER case reference. 21-6.

The progress of cases may be monitored through the U.S. District Court Calendar and the PACER system. To establish a PACER account, which provides electronic access to review documents filed in a case, please visit http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the District Court’s calendar, please visit https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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