Boise man sentenced to federal prison for illegal possession of firearm


BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – A man from Boise has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for illegal possession of a firearm.

According to court records, on October 10, 2020, a police officer attempted to contact Anthony Alex Howard, 32, of Boise, after seeing him walk away from a known drugstore and subsequently commit a Traffic Laws. Howard was outside his vehicle when the officer contacted him and was carrying a gray satchel. Howard refused to obey the officer’s orders and a physical struggle ensued. Howard freed himself from the officer and fled on foot. Soon after, Howard was located and arrested by other officers.

Officers located the gray satchel in a nearby yard. Inside, officers found a stolen .45 caliber pistol. At the location where the officer initially contacted Howard, officers found another stolen .45 caliber pistol. Howard is prohibited from owning firearms due to a previous federal conviction for possession of stolen firearms. Howard was on state probation at the time of the offense.

U.S. Senior District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Howard to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term. Howard pleaded guilty to the charges on September 16, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr., of the District of Idaho, made the announcement and praised the cooperative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Boise Police Department, which led to charges.

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