ILLINOIS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ILLEGALLY POSSESSING A FIREARM
Korie L. Clemens, 29, of Peoria, Illinois, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boise, to one count of unlawful possession of firearms, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced. The charge carries a maximum punishment of ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
According to the plea agreement, on May 26, 2010, Rupert police responded to the Flamingo Hotel after being notified that a vehicle there had been reported stolen out of Montana. At the hotel, police contacted and later arrested Clemens. Police also impounded and searched the vehicle, where they discovered seven stolen firearms and Clemens' driver's license.
Because Clemens had previously been convicted of a felony crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, he was barred from possessing firearms. Court records indicate that on August 2, 2006, Clemens was convicted in Illinois for unlawful possession of weapons by a convicted felon.
Sentencing is set for July 25, 2011, in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Rupert (Idaho) Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Clemens' prosecution was part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a collaborative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.