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Rutledge Faces Firearm Possession Charge

Richard Lamar Rutledge of Culbertson made a not guilty plea to the federal charge of prohibited person in possession of a firearm before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Cavan in Billings last week.

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crime, Rutledge faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Rutledge was detained pending further proceedings.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

According to court documents, Rutledge on or about Jan. 9, 2019, in Culbertson knew he had been convicted on or about Jan. 16, 2013, of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year under the laws of the state of Georgia, and knowingly possessed, in and affecting interstate commerce, a firearm.

A trial has been scheduled for March 13.

Rutledge was sentenced to 50 years in Montana State Prison for two counts of incest at the end of a nearly three-hour sentencing hearing in Wolf Point on Nov. 17, 2022.

The sentence by District Judge David Cybulski includes a parole restriction for 25 years and that Rutledge will be registered as a tier 2 sexual offender.

He will receive credit for time served. The two sentences are to run concurrently.

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