Salmon Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm
POCATELLO – Thomas Cooper Lewis, 31, of Salmon, Idaho, and Pilesgrove, New Jersey, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to a single count indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
Lewis admitted in court today that on March 23, 2011, in Idaho, he was found in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. Because Lewis had previously been convicted in 2009 in Camden County, New Jersey, of possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child, a felony punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, he is prohibited from possessing firearms. The government is seeking forfeiture of the firearm found in Lewis' possession.
The charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years supervised release.
Sentencing is set for August 20, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals Service.
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.