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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Canyon County Man Sentenced For Federal Firearms Violations

BOISE – Kyle Alan Batt, 28, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced in federal court today to 180 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Batt to serve three years of supervised release after his prison term, and also ordered Batt to forfeit the firearm and pay restitution for the injuries he caused to two Canyon County Sheriff deputies. Batt pleaded guilty to the charges on May 31, 2013.

According to information presented in court, Batt shot two Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies on October 24, 2012. Deputies found Batt hiding with a gun that morning, shortly after the deputies were shot. When he was discovered, Batt shot himself in the head. He was initially charged by complaint and taken into federal custody in November 2012. A federal grand jury returned an indictment on December 11, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, Batt admitted that on October 23, 2012, he knowingly possessed a Beretta .40 semiautomatic pistol with an obliterated serial number. At the time Batt possessed the pistol he had previously been convicted, on May 14, 2004, in Boise County, Idaho, of possession of a controlled substance, a felony crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

“Mr. Batt’s criminal history prohibited him from possessing any kind of firearm,” said Olson. “This defendant’s disregard for the law enforcement officers’ lives were aggravating factors that warranted the serious federal prison term he imposed in this case. I commend the cooperation among the various law enforcement agencies and the partnership of the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in this case to ensure that appropriate charges recognizing the seriousness of the conduct were pursued in each jurisdiction.”

The case was investigated by the Nampa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Batt was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to address gang crimes. The Treasure Valley Partnership is comprised of a group of elected officials in southwest Idaho dedicated to regional coordination, cooperation, and collaboration on creating coherent regional growth. For more information, visit treasurevalleypartners.org.