Payette Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Purchasing a Firearm for Convicted Felon
BOISE – Caleb Matthias Curtis, 29, of Payette, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to one count of unlawful transfer of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Curtis was indicted by a federal grand Jury in Boise on November 13, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, Curtis admitted that in October of 2013, he agreed to purchase a firearm for David McAlister. Curtis purchased a Winchester .30-06 rifle from the World’s Smallest Pawn Shop in Payette with money given to him by McAlister. At the time Curtis transferred the firearm to McAlister, he was aware that McAlister had previously been convicted of a crime punishable by more than one year imprisonment. McAlister was convicted of statutory rape in 2003 in Canyon County, Idaho.
The charge of unlawful transfer 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 on July 28, 2014, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Boise. David McAlister pled guilty to unlawful possession of firearms on March 3, 2014. His sentencing before Judge Lodge is set for June 30, 2014.
The case was investigated by the Payette Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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.