Bonners Ferry Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegally Possessing Firearm
COEUR D’ALENE – George J. Bondurant, 35, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to ten months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge ordered Bondurant to forfeit the firearm he possessed and perform 120 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the charge on September 11, 2012.
According to court documents, on May 8, 2012, a Remington 20-gauge shotgun was found in the backseat of a vehicle Bondurant was driving. Because Bondurant was previously convicted in 1999 for involuntary manslaughter, a felony crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, he is prohibited from possessing firearms.
The case was investigated by the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF), which is a Federal Bureau of Investigation sponsored Safe Streets Task Force comprised of law enforcement from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Coeur d'Alene City Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police, Bonner County Sheriff's Office, Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, and the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. The task force also participates with the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and coordinates as needed with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), U.S. Border Patrol, and U.S. Forest Service. The NIVCTF investigates a myriad of violent crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault and drug trafficking.
The case was prosecuted as 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.