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Spokane Man Sentenced to 46 Months for Federal Gun Crime

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

COEUR D'ALENE – Donovan Gomez, 23, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced last Tuesday to 46 months in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Gomez was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge David C. Nye.  Judge Nye also sentenced Gomez to three years supervised release after he is finished serving his prison term.  Gomez was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 17, 2018.

According to court records, on April 3, 2018, Gomez illegally possessed a firearm at the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Casino Hotel.  Gomez was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to his 2017 felony conviction for vehicle theft and 2018 felony conviction for second degree robbery, both out of Spokane.  Law enforcement learned about Gomez’s illegal firearm possession when Gomez photographed himself in one of the hotel rooms holding a gun and posted it on social media.  Someone alerted casino security, who called the tribal police, who called Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The FBI, Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office are credited with the investigation.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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Updated November 13, 2018

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