Fort Hall Man Sentenced for Possessing Sawed-off Shotgun
POCATELLO – Arriyon Meeks-Ortiz, 34, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for possession of an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.
According to the plea agreement, on May 15, 2013, Fort Hall Police officers responded to a residence on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Meeks-Ortiz was observed to be holding what appeared to be a small bat or club. After being instructed by officers to leave the residence, Meeks-Ortiz tossed the object into a bedroom. Officers subsequently located an Iver Johnson 12-gauge shotgun with a barrel less than 18” in length on the bed in the bedroom. During an interview with law enforcement, Meeks-Ortiz said that he purchased the sawed-off shotgun in its altered condition for $100 and kept it underneath his trailer.
The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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