For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
, United States Attorney
Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr.
Contact: Barbara Layman
Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Gun Violation
Field Division: Seattle Field Division
BOISE — Timothy Bojorquez, Jr., 29, of Plainview, Idaho, pleaded guilty today to illegal possession of firearms after being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced. Bojorquez was indicted in February by a federal grand in Boise.
According to the plea agreement, between December 9, 2016, and February 9, 2017, Bojorquez illegally possessed five firearms, including two high-powered rifles and three pistols. Bojorquez was prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law because he was previously convicted of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitant/parent of child, on January 17, 2007, in the Superior Court of California County of San Joaquin, California. That crime constituted a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence under federal law, which prohibited Bojorquez from possessing firearms.
In November 2016, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began investigating Bojorquez’s illegal firearm possession, communicating with him through his Instagram and Facebook accounts about the sale of firearms. On February 9, 2017, ATF agents executed a search warrant at Bojorquez’s residence in Plainview, Idaho, discovering his cache of firearms.
The charge of illegal possession of a firearm after a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing will be August 7, 2017, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.
The case was investigated by the Boise ATF office. It was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2001 by the Department of Justice to combat gun violence in the United States. Project Safe Neighborhoods marshals federal, state, and local resources to target and prosecute those who commit gun crimes. For more information about Project Safe Neighborhoods, visit https://www.bja.gov.