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Cheyenne man could face up to 20 years in prison on federal firearms charges


CASPER, Wyo. — A Cheyenne man pleaded not guilty in federal court this week to illegal firearms possession charges, according to a release from the Wyoming District of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rolan French, 48, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing an unregistered firearm, according to the release from the district office. French entered his plea at an arraignment hearing June 6 before Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Kelly H. Rankin. A trial has been set for Aug. 8, 2022.

French faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment, three years’ supervised release, up to a $500,000 fine, and a $200 special assessment. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors, the release said.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the Cheyenne Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Forwood is prosecuting the case.

An indictment merely contains allegations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.