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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 20, 2015

Lapwai Felon Admits to Illegal Firearm Possession

COEUR D'ALENE - Daniel Paul Wilson, 26, of Lapwai, Idaho, pleaded guilty on July 20, 2015, to possession of an unregistered firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.  Wilson was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d'Alene on March 17, 2015.

According to court documents, Wilson admitted that on November 15, 2014, he possessed a shotgun having a barrel length of less than 18 inches and overall length of less than 26 inches.  It is illegal to possess sawed off shotguns or similar such firearms unless it is registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

The charge of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, and up to three years of supervised release.

Sentencing is set for October 20, 2015, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d'Alene.

The case was investigated by Nez Perce Tribal Police Department, the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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

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Updated July 20, 2015