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Batt Indicted on Federal Gun Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2012

BOISE – U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced today that Kyle Alan Batt, 27, of Caldwell, Idaho, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Arraignment is set for 1:30 p.m. on December 17, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush at the federal courthouse in Boise. Batt was originally charged by complaint and taken into federal custody on November 23, 2012.

The indictment, filed in United States District Court on Tuesday, charges Batt with unlawfully possessing a firearm on October 24, 2012. Deputies with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office found Batt hiding with a gun early in the morning on October 24, 2012, just hours after two Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies were shot and injured. The indictment alleges that Batt was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was previously convicted of a felony crime for possession of a controlled substance in 2004.

Unlawful possession of a firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison. Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number is punishable by up to five years in prison. Both charges are each punishable by up to three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000. The government is seeking forfeiture of the firearm.

The case is being investigated by Nampa Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Batt 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.

An indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct and is not evidence of guilt. A person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law