Man gets four years for possessing three firearms

Sep 8, 2017 From staff reports

A Riverton man has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for unlawful possession of several firearms.

An affidavit states Matthew Wade Howard, 32, had three guns in his possession despite the fact that he was subject to a domestic violence protective order.

In addition, officials said two of the firearms were stolen, and one was not registered in Howard's name.

The stolen weapons included a Ruger model Single Six .17 HMR revolver and a Colt model 1903 Pocket Hammerless .32 caliber pistol. Howard also had a Mossberg model 185 D-8 20-gauge short-barreled shotgun that was not registered in his name.

He was arrested in Lander and had his initial court appearance March 29. He pleaded not guilty April 3 but changed his plea during a hearing May 23.

He was sentenced Aug. 1 to 54 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

He also was ordered to pay a $300 special assessment and a $300 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

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