GREAT FALLS – Jonathan Paul Schulz, a 48-year-old resident of Conrad, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Tuesday to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Brian Morris.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release that investigators learned about Schulz’s possible illegal possession of firearms because of posts to his Facebook account.
Schulz had made comments such as “i am a convicted fellon as well however the Constitution says nothing about it 🙂 some of the later laws that water down our rights deal with that, so in my opionion **** the law that says we cant arm ourselvs. I stand with the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Indipendance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want to look em in the eyes as thay take their last breath.”
In later postings, Schulz bragged that he had thousands of rounds of ammunition and mortar with hundreds of rounds hidden in an “outpost.”
Additionally, Schulz posted photographs of himself with several rifles and a Judge pistol. Referring the Judge, Schulz stated, it was “one of two new additions to my arsenal” and that “this one goes everywhere I do.”
In later posts, Schulz talked about how it was time to start killing cops.
On August 4, 2016, FBI agents executed a federal search warrant at Schulz’s residence. During the search, agents found a Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The pistol was located on top of the kitchen cabinets. The firearm was loaded including one round in the chamber. It was later learned that Schulz had stolen the firearm from his father-in-law.
During the search, agents also found various caliber ammunition in the garage.
Because Schulz had a felony conviction from the State of Texas, he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.