Rigby Man Admits Unlawfully Possessing Firearm
POCATELLO — Gary Wallace Hoffman, 50, of Rigby, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Hoffman was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pocatello on May 29, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, on May 29, 2012, Hoffman sold .81 grams of methamphetamine and a 9 millimeter Glock pistol to another individual in Rexburg, Idaho. Hoffman received $120 for the methamphetamine and $580 for the firearm. Hoffman is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a drug conviction in Bonneville County, Idaho, in 2004.
The charge of unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set for April 10, 2014, before 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 and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.