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Montana Man Threatens SSA Disability Workers, Given Probation

Posted on Feb 07, 2012

Michael James Long, a 50-year-old Sanders, Montana resident, appeared before U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on January 26, 2012 to answer charges stemming from his attempted threat on Social Security disability workers in Billings, Montana last May. 

Long was charged with attempting to threaten Social Security workers after family members called Billings law enforcement to report that he had left the house with a gun, headed for the SSA disability office there. The Treasure County sheriffs were able to apprehend him in Hysham before he could carry out his mission.

Long was reported as telling the Judge he was having “a really bad day” and that he is currently working with both an attorney and mental health medical professionals to resolve his problems with the Social Security disability application process.

After hearing the case and Long’s plea of guilty, Judge Cebull sentenced the defendant to one year of probation. In addition, Long was told he could not enter any federal building without first getting permission from his probation officer. He is also prohibited from possessing any firearms during the probation period.

The Boston area legal team at Keefe Disability Law knows the frustration that can mount while people wait for a response from the Social Security Administration about their benefits application. We urge you to consult a Massachusetts disability attorney to streamline your process before frustration gets the best of you.

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