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Pocatello Man Indicted On Assault With A Dangerous Weapon And Using A Firearm In The Commission Of A Violent Crime

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

Defendant Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance While Illegally Possessing a Firearm

POCATELLO - Raymond Hye Broncho, 39, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was indicted yesterday by the federal grand jury on two counts of assault on an officer, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a drug user, one count of using firearms in the commission of violent crimes, and forfeiture of the SKS assault rifle and the .22 caliber rifle involved in these crimes, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. An arraignment date has not been set.

According to the indictment, on September 20, 2014, Broncho pointed a rifle and fired multiple shots at officers who were responding to a report on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. At the time of the assault, Broncho was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Assault on an officer is punishable by up to twenty years imprisonment. Assault with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a drug user are punishable by up to ten years imprisonment. The three crimes are also punishable by a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. Use of firearms in the commission of a violent crime is punishable by a ten year sentence, consecutive to all other sentences.

The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014