Jermain Charlo's ex-boyfriend arraigned on federal firearms charges

Zoe Buchli

Michael DeFrance, the ex-boyfriend of Jermain Charlo, pleaded not guilty to three new federal indictments on Thursday in federal court.

DeFrance, 28, allegedly made false statements during three separate firearm transactions in Missoula and did not disclose he had been convicted of a violent misdemeanor while trying to purchase guns.

DeFrance appeared in federal court in August after being indicted on July 28 on a prohibited possession of firearms charge. He pleaded not guilty on Aug. 2.

Missoula police detective Guy Baker confirmed to the Missoulian that the firearms indictment is in relation to Baker’s investigation into Jermain’s disappearance on June 16, 2018.

Court documents say the prohibited firearms indictment is from DeFrance possessing firearms and ammunition on June 27, 2018, 11 days after Jermain went missing, as well as Oct. 2, 2018. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Clark is prosecuting the case for the U.S. and Michael Donahoe from the Federal Defenders Office is representing DeFrance, who appeared out of custody at the hearing with three family members.

Donahoe indicated he plans to file motions to challenge the new indictments.

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