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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Kamiah Man Pleads Guilty To Unlawfully Possessing Ammunition

COEUR D’ALENE – James Reuben Norton Blackeagle, 30, of Kamiah, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to unlawfully possessing ammunition, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Blackeagle was indicted by a federal jury on May 21, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, Blackeagle admitted that on February 28, 2013, he possessed ammunition within his residence and vehicle. Blackeagle was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition due to a previous conviction in 2007 for possession of a destructive device. Blackeagle will forfeit the ammunition he unlawfully possessed.

The charge of unlawfully possessing ammunition is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for November 12, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Nez Perce Tribal Police Department.

The case was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.