Boise Man Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegally Possessing Firearm
BOISE – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Travis Gayle Smith, 40, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced to 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for the unlawful possession of a firearm. Smith was sentenced today in United States District Court by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.
According to the plea agreement, officers searched Smith’s residence on July 20, 2012, and located a Mossberg 12 gauge slide-action shotgun and ammunition. Smith admitted he possessed the shotgun. Smith is prohibited from possessing firearms because he was previously convicted of the felony crime of aggravated battery in 2005, in Ada County, Idaho. Smith was on parole for that crime at the time he possessed the shotgun.
The case was investigated by the Idaho Department of Correction Probation and Parole, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case 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.
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.