Illegal Alien Sentenced to 30 Months on Federal Gun Charge
POCATELLO – Juan Carlos Sepulveda-Castro, 31, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to 30 months in prison for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Sepulveda-Castro pleaded guilty on March 30, 2016.
Idaho Falls police arrested Sepulveda-Castro on December 5, 2015 after a report that he had threatened several others with a gun during a dispute. Sepulveda-Castro admitted possessing a loaded, Sig Sauer Model 522, .22 caliber, assault-style rifle. Sepulveda-Castro is prohibited from possessing firearms because he is an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States.
The case was investigated by Idaho Falls Police, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
This case was prosecuted by the new Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Eastern Idaho Partnership and the State of Idaho. The Eastern Idaho Special Assistant U.S. Attorney was hired to bolster ongoing efforts to prosecute regional drug trafficking, gun and gang violence, internet based crimes against children, and other serious crimes with a federal nexus. The Eastern Idaho Partnership is a collaboration of elected officials and law enforcement from 12 counties and 18 cities across eastern Idaho, in partnership with the Idaho Department of Correction and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.