Convicted felon denies failing to register as violent offender

Judge grants OR release, man still has not registered
By 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, December 5, 2019
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A convicted felon has denied failing to register as a violent offender with the state, as is required under law.

Gregory William Greif appeared in district court recently and denied the felony charge. He was released on his own recognizance under specific court conditions — one of those being to register with the Montana Sexual and Violent Offender Registry (SVOR).

As of Monday afternoon, Greif was listed with a Billings address and as “Non-Compliant/Address Verification Overdue” on SVOR. Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem confirmed for the News that Greif has not registered through his office.

Greif’s criminal history includes four felony robbery convictions in 1994 and one felony robbery conviction in 1995. All the robberies were committed in Yellowstone County.

THE CASE

From February 2018 until February 2019, Greif lived with a relative in Park City and failed to register as a violent offender, as is required by state law, according to court documents.

Authorities were alerted to the situation when in August of 2019, that relative summoned Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Williams for help in identifying some type of drug on a spoon he had found in his home, according to court documents.

The relative told the deputy that his grandson had been going through a divorce and needed a place to stay, so the relative allowed him to move in for what was supposed to be “a few months.”

A year and a half later and the grandson was still living with the relative. In May, Greif told the relative he had a doctor’s appointment and he never returned. During his investigation, Deputy Williams discovered that Greif was a registered violent offender and was listed as “non-compliant” with the state, according to court documents. The deputy discovered that Greif had been non-compliant since September of 2016.

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