Convicted Felon Sentenced to 86 Months for Firearm Possession
BOISE – Alex Jones Bailey, 26, of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced today to 86 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Bailey to serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison, and forfeiture of the gun he illegally possessed. Bailey pleaded guilty on June 12, 2016.
According to information presented in court, on March 24, 2015, Bailey was observed by an officer acting suspiciously in a parking lot. The officer confirmed that Bailey had an outstanding arrest warrant, had recently been involved in several pursuits with law enforcement, and had safety alerts indicating he could be armed. Additional officers arrived on scene and attempted to contact Bailey. Bailey ran from officers dropping his backpack and a loaded firearm in the process. He continued to run across the interstate from officers and ultimately caused a vehicle crash. Bailey was arrested by officers and searched, where officers found more than $300, and what appeared to be a drug ledger. Officers searched Bailey’s backpack and found a safe that contained methamphetamine, a digital scale, and a red bandana. Bailey is known to be a Northside gang member.
The case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, ATF, and the Nampa Police Department. The Metro Task Force is comprised of federal, state and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Boise Police Department; Ada County Sheriff’s Office; Caldwell Police Department; Nampa Police Department; Meridian Police Department; Canyon County Sheriff’s Office; and the Idaho Department of Correction.
The case was 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.