Wagswoofs – A 32-year-old man from Sandpoint has been sentenced to over three years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing three firearms as a convicted felon, according to U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit.
According to court records, Robert Michael Davis was initially arrested on a parole warrant. When Idaho Falls Police Department officers tried to approach Davis to ask him to move his car, which was obstructing snow removal equipment, he decided to run away from them. However, he was quickly apprehended after a brief pursuit. It was discovered that Davis was on parole under the Idaho Department of Correction. During the encounter, Davis voluntarily informed the officers that he had firearms in his car. Furthermore, he admitted that he was a convicted felon and therefore prohibited from possessing guns. Subsequently, law enforcement conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered drug paraphernalia, three rifles, ammunition, and even a silencer.
On December 19, 2023, Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye handed down a 39-month prison sentence to Davis. After serving his time, Davis will also be required to complete three years of supervised release.
“Part of our public safety mission is enforcing the law that prohibits dangerous felons from possessing firearms,” U.S. Attorney Hurwit said. “I am proud of the work that our prosecutors and law enforcement partners do every day to keep our streets safe as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.”
“This sentence holds Davis accountable for his illegal weapons activity,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in the Pacific Northwest. “We’re grateful for the collaboration with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners in Idaho to sentence convicted felons with weapons in the interest of community safety.”
The Idaho Falls Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Idaho Falls collaborated in the investigation, earning praise from U.S. Attorney Hurwit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blythe McLane was responsible for prosecuting the case.