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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Payette Man Sentenced For Purchasing A Firearm For Convicted Felon

BOISE B Caleb Matthias Curtis, 29, of Payette, Idaho, was sentenced today to three years of probation for the unlawful transfer of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Curtis to complete 60 hours of community service in lieu of a fine. Curtis was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on November 13, 2013.

According to the plea agreement, Curtis admitted that in October 2013, he agreed to purchase a .30-06 hunting rifle for his neighbor, David McAlister. Curtis knew that McAlister was prohibited from possessing firearms, due to a prior statutory rape conviction. Curtis used money provided to him by McAlister to purchase the rifle, which he then gave to McAlister. McAlister was sentenced on June 30, 2014, to three years of probation, credit for six months of jail served, and a $1,500 fine.

The case was investigated by the Payette County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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