U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Idaho
District of Idaho
For Immediate Release
November 29, 2010
Wendy J. Olson, United States Attorney
Contact: Kristi Johnson, Public Information Officer
Boise Gang Member Sentenced for Gun Crime
John Anthony Sanchez, 29, of Boise, Idaho, and a member of the Lost Soul Trece gang,
was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, the
United States Attorney’s Office announced. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward J.
Lodge, who also ordered Sanchez to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his
Sanchez pled guilty to the charge on July 27, 2010. During his plea, Sanchez admitted
possessing a Smith and Wesson .44 revolver handgun in Boise on November 6, 2009. Where
Sanchez had been previously convicted of burglary in Ada County, Idaho, he was further
prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.
Sanchez’s case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task
Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives. His prosecution was part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which
seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.
Sanchez was prosecuted by the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure
Valley Partnership, and housed in the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office, to address gang
For the past four years, this program has been very successful in prosecuting Treasure said United States Attorney Wendy J. Olson.
Valley gang members for violations of federal law,
Through the combined resources of the Treasure Valley Partnership and the United States The gang Special Assistant U.S.
Attorney’s Office, we are making our communities safer.
Attorney program has resulted in 112 convictions for violations of federal law since its inception
in 2007. Those 112 defendants have been sentenced to a total of 5,050 months in federal prison.