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Montrose man pleads not guilty to stealing multiple firearms

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MONTROSE — A Montrose man with a previous criminal history pleaded not guilty to stealing multiple firearms

Christopher Morrison, 46, was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary of a firearm, possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and possession of marijuana. Morrison pleaded not guilty on Oct. 2 to one charge of third-degree burglary and one charge of possession of a controlled substance and entered no plea to the other charges. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27.

On July 5, at approximately 5 p.m. the McCook County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at Morrison's residence in Montrose. Law enforcement were searching for weapons stolen in June, court documents state.

During the search of Morrison's residence, law enforcement found six long gun rifles and shotguns and several items used to smoke marijuana. Morrison is a previously convicted felon and should not have been in possession of firearms. According to court documents, Morrison was found in possession of two firearms that were reported stolen in May.

Third-degree burglary and possession of a controlled substance is a Class 5 felony, punishable upon conviction of 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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