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Great Falls man sentenced to prison on firearm charge

Posted: 3:18 PM, May 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-19 18:56:02-04

GREAT FALLS – Brian Denelson Willman of Great Falls, 31 years old, was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to prohibited person in possession of a firearm on January 10, 2018.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris issued the sentence.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, on July 21, 2016, Willman possessed a stolen Stevens .22 caliber rifle in Great Falls.

The day before, a Great Falls residence was burglarized and six firearms were taken, including a Stevens Arms Company, model Number 26 Crackshot, .22 caliber, single shot rifle, with no serial number.

A neighbor took a picture of the car involved and provided the picture and other information to the police.

The Great Falls Police Department tracked down the owner of the car and learned that Willman was using the car.

After a high-speed chase, police arrested Willman. The Stevens .22 caliber rifle was found in the trunk of the car.

After being arrested, Willman called a friend from jail and discussed the stolen firearm found in the trunk of the car. At the time, Willman was on absconder status with Montana Probation & Parole.

The Probation & Parole Office received Willman on parole from Arizona through the interstate compact after his conviction for aggravated assault there.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Willman has convictions in Cascade County for burglary and criminal endangerment.