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Livingston man sentenced in firearms case

Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 18:20:14-05

BILLINGS—A Livingston man who admitted illegally possessing a firearm was sentenced to five years of probation on Feb. 13, 2019.

Cody Allen Viers, 36, pleaded guilty in October to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

U.S. District Judge Susan P. Watters presided.

Prosecutors said that on Feb. 13, 2018, law enforcement interviewed a man about a 9mm semi-automatic pistol he had purchased earlier and had given to another person.

According to charging documents, officers also interviewed Viers, who said he had bought the firearm and had provided it to the man law enforcement interviewed in February. Viers also admitted he was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a previous conviction for partner or family member assault. A criminal history review found that Viers had two convictions for the crime, a misdemeanor.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno Baucus prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.