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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Twice Convicted Felon Sentenced To Prison For Unlawfully Possessing 14 Firearms

Defendant also Possessed 2,000 Rounds of Ammunition

BOISE – Jason Earl Wright, 39, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 42 months in prison for unlawfully possessing fourteen firearms and 2,000 rounds of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also sentenced Wright to three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty to the offense on November 17, 2013.

According to court documents, Wright admitted to attempting to purchase a scope mount for an SKS assault rifle on Craigslist. According to a sentencing memorandum filed by the government, a federal search warrant was served on Wright’s residence, and it was discovered that he was in possession of four assault weapons capable of accepting large capacity magazines, four .22 rifles, two 30.06 rifles, two .40 pistols, one 6.5 x 50 millimeter rifle, and one shotgun. Wright was also in possession of twelve high capacity SKS magazines, sixteen .22 rifle magazines, and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Wright had previously been convicted of twenty prior offenses, including two felony drug trafficking offenses, domestic assault, battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.

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Updated December 15, 2014