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Washington Man Sentenced to 62 Months for Illegally Possessing Firearm

May 16, 2012

POCATELLO – Former Seattle area resident Roy Joe Johner, 31, was sentenced today in federal court in Pocatello for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Johner to 62 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Johner pleaded guilty to the charge on January 25, 2012.

According to the plea agreement, in August 2010, Johner was in possession of a Glock .40 caliber pistol in Blackfoot, Idaho. At the plea hearing, Johner admitted that he knew he was prohibited from possessing the firearm due to a previous felony conviction for assaulting a peace officer in 2005 in Ravalli County, Montana.

The case was investigated by the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, the Blackfoot Police Department, the State of Idaho Bureau of Probation and Parole, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The case was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.