UPDATED: Michael DeFrance sentenced to 21 months for 4 federal firearms violations


Jermain Charlo’s ex-boyfriend will spend 21 months in federal custody, wrapping up a case that’s presented choppy legal waters as lawyers and judges have had to navigate a firearms case that’s dealt, in part, with Charlo’s relationship with Michael DeFrance.

In May, a federal judge convicted Michael B. DeFrance, 30, of all four charges in the case indictments, including one count of prohibited possession of firearms and ammunition and three counts of making false statements during a firearms transaction.

“It’s not exactly the victory we wanted,” Valenda Morigeau, Charlo’s aunt, said outside of the courthouse on Thursday. “It’s some form of justice, but it’s not exactly what we wanted.”

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Loved ones of Charlo, who’s been missing out of Missoula for over five years, have long-maintained DeFrance had something to do with her disappearance, though Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker, the lead investigator in Charlo’s case, hasn’t named him a suspect.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen sentenced DeFrance to 21 months for each charge. They will run simultaneously to one another. DeFrance’s time in prison will be followed by three years of supervised release.

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