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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Nampa Man Sentenced For Federal Firearms Violation

BOISE – Keanta M. Lathrop, 35, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 47 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for unlawfully possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Lathrop to forfeit the firearm he unlawfully possessed. He pleaded guilty to the charge on August 22, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, court records show that Lathrop pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine in Ada County and was sentenced on May 23, 2007, to six years in prison. Lathrop was later granted parole and released from prison. As a condition of release, Lathrop agreed to searches of his person or property. In October 2012, a search was conducted of Lathrop’s Nampa residence by Nampa police and Lathrop’s parole officer. The officers discovered a Jimenez Arms .380 semiautomatic pistol inside a backpack at the residence. Lathrop was present during the search and subsequently admitted that his fingerprints were on the weapon and he knowingly possessed the firearm. Because Lathrop was previously convicted of the felony offense of trafficking cocaine, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.

The case was investigated by the Nampa Police Department, Idaho Department of Probation and Parole, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Lathrop is being 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.