A 20-year-old Billings man was sentenced to prison on Thursday for selling stolen firearms.
Rodrigo Gomez was sentenced to three years and one month in prison during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Billings. The sentence was announced in a press release from the Acting U.S. Attorney for Montana Leif Johnson's office.
Gomez sold 11 firearms to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in February 2020. The firearms had been reported stolen three days earlier.
Gomez and co-defendant Maliyah Jae Chavez were ordered to pay $26,470 in restitution. Chavez was sentenced in November to three years in prison.
Defense attorney Nicole Gallagher issued the following statement:
"The impact of drug addiction, violence and childhood trauma on people, as individuals, and on us as a community, are far reaching and very real. Mr. Gomez has expressed deep regret for his crimes and a willingness to make amends to his community in the future. None of us is the sum of only our worst decisions; may we all have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes, acknowledge the pain they've caused and try to move forward together."