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Shelby woman sentenced for handgun purchase for juvenile

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 19:17:50-04

GREAT FALLS — Susan Kaytlin Scott of Shelby, convicted of firearms crimes for lying while buying a handgun and then giving it to a juvenile, was sentenced in federal court in Great Falls on Monday.

During a two-day trial in January, a jury found Scott guilty of false statement during a firearms transaction and of transfer of a handgun to a juvenile, as charged in an indictment.

Chief U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris presided and sentenced Scott to six months in prison, according to U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme.

In evidence presented at trial, the prosecution said Scott bought a Taurus 9mm handgun for a 17-year-old boy on November 21, 2018, at Scheels in Great Falls. In required background paperwork, Scott answered that she was the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm. However, Scott bought the handgun for the boy as an early birthday present. The boy and his friend were present during the purchase, and Scott used the boy’s debit card for the purchase. Following the sale, the boy kept the handgun, and ammunition, at another residence.

A juvenile witness told investigators that the boy kept the handgun in a holster in his bedroom and had a magazine loaded in the pistol but not a round in the chamber. The boy and three friends would take out the handgun, point it at things in the room or at each other. The witness also reported that the boy pointed the handgun at Scott during an argument.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulette Stewart prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Great Falls Police Department and Toole County Sheriff’s Office.