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MISSOULA — A Whitehall man will go to prison for 30 months for being a felon in possession of a gun, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Missoula announced Wednesday.

Terry Lynn Sturdevant will have three years of supervised release and must pay a $100 special assessment. Chief U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen presided over the hearing.

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 arrived, Sturdevant had fled the house. 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.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement to identify those responsible for significant violent crime in Montana. A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a recently reinvigorated Department of Justice program that has proven to be successful in reducing violent crime. The Sturdevant sentencing is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.

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