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Maryland man sentenced on charge of possession of firearms by convicted felon

Acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim announced that today, Charles W. Ochlech, 38, of Baltimore, Md., was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Ochlech pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug, 17, 2009.

Hovland sentenced Ochlech to serve eight years and four months in federal

prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release. Ochlech was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim's Fund.

On Oct, 13, 2007, prosecutors said, Ochlech stole a pickup, some tools and three guns from an employer in Montana. Ochlech moved to Dickinson and rented an apartment. Law enforcement officers were notified that Ochlech was in possession of firearms and obtained a search warrant for his property on Oct. 28, 2007. An AK-47 style rifle was discovered in Ochlech's apartment and two handguns were found in the stolen pickup.

Ochlech was prohibited from legally possessing firearms due to felony convictions out of Maryland for assault and burglary.

Ochlech was prosecuted in Yellowstone County, Montana, for theft of the pickup and the tools, and on Aug. 5, 2008, was sentenced to serve five years in Montana state prison. The federal sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with the Montana state sentence.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and

Explosives and the Dickinson Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Schneider and David Hagler prosecuted the case.