Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of Firearm
POCATELLO — Rigoberto Torres-Perez, 30, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Torres-Perez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pocatello on June 25, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, police officers encountered Torres-Perez on November 4, 2012, during a search of another individual’s residence in Idaho Falls. Torres-Perez was in possession of a 9 millimeter pistol with an obliterated serial number. Torres-Perez is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a drug conviction in Arizona in 2006.
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 Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Idaho Falls Police Department.
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.