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Two sentenced to federal prison in firearms cases

Crime Watch

The following is a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

BOISE — Two men from southern Idaho were sentenced to federal prison in separate firearms cases this week, announced Josh Hurwit, the United States Attorney for the District of Idaho.

Scott Arlis Thomas, 48, of Caldwell, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 120 months in federal prison for the unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition, and silencers. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Thomas to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Thomas has a lengthy criminal history that includes three drug trafficking convictions and a prior conviction for unlawfully possessing a firearm. Due to his criminal history, Thomas is not able to lawfully possess firearms. According to court records, on July 24, 2020, law enforcement conducted a search of Thomas’s shop in Caldwell. Inside, officers located four firearms and four silencers. Officers also located marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and methamphetamine. The silencers were not registered to Thomas, as required by the National Firearms Act.

In a separate case, Juan Jose Sanchez, 31, of Nampa, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 96 months in federal prison for the unlawful possession of a firearm. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Sanchez to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

Sanchez also has a lengthy criminal history that includes convictions for aggravated battery, possession of heroin, burglary, and the unlawful possession of a firearm. Due to his criminal history, Sanchez is not able to lawfully possess firearms. According to court records, on February 19, 2021, Sanchez possessed a firearm while at another individual’s residence in Nampa. Sanchez shot that individual in the leg during an altercation, fled the residence, and discarded the firearm. Law enforcement responded, investigated, and eventually located and arrested Sanchez.

“I am pleased with the successful prosecution of these repeat offenders who posed a risk to public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit. “It is imperative that we work to reduce violent crime by aggressively pursuing those who unlawfully possess firearms. The cooperative efforts of the federal, state, and local agencies that work together to combat these crimes make a real difference.”

The Thomas case was investigated by the FBI Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, the Caldwell Police Department, the Idaho State Police, and the Idaho Department of Correction.

The Sanchez case was investigated by the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, FBI’s Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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