For Immediate Release
Friday, May 18, 2018
, United States Attorney
Bart M. Davis
Contact: Cassie Fulghum
Fort Hall Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Federal Gun Offense
Field Division: Seattle Field Division
POCATELLO B Tyrell Owen Dixey, 34, of Fort Hall, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday for illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Dixey to 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Dixey pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2018.
According to the plea agreement, on January 30, 2017, a vehicle was stopped in Fort Hall. Dixey was a passenger in the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers found a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches in length. The shotgun was later determined to have Dixey’s fingerprints on it. Dixey admitted possessing the shotgun and knowing the shotgun had a barrel length of less than 18 inches. The shotgun was not registered to Dixey in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fort Hall Police Department.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.