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District of Idaho

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Nampa Man Sentenced to Prison on Federal Gun Charge

BOISE – Joseph Barry Foy, 27, of Nampa, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 65 months
in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of an unregistered firearm,
U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. A federal grand jury indicted Foy on September 12,
2017. Foy pleaded guilty on November 8, 2017.

According to court records, in July of 2017, police officers contacted Foy while
investigating an unrelated case in Canyon County. During the contact, officers found Foy in
possession of a sawed-off shotgun, with the barrel modified to a length of around 12 inches. Foy
is a member of the Norteño gang with an extensive criminal history including a conviction for
aggravated assault.

Possession of an unregistered firearm is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment,
three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
This case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force.
The 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 Idaho Department of Probation and

This case 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

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been
historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and
make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the
tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, a part of a series of actions to
address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and
directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates
the lessons learned since PSN launches in 2001.

Firearms Offenses
BARBARA LAYMAN Public Information Officer Special Assistant United States Attorney (208) 334-1121
Updated February 1, 2018