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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Idaho

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2012

Wendy Olson, United States Attorney

Contact: Pamela Bearg, Public Information Officer; Christian S. Nafzger, Assistant U.S. Attorney
(208) 334-1211

Boise Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearms

BOISE – John Gable, Jr., 63, of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty today in federal court to unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

According to the plea agreement, on January 14, 2012, Gable was contacted by Boise Police regarding a verbal altercation at an apartment complex, where he was found in possession of a Ruger .45 semi-automatic pistol. According to court records, Gable is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a 1993 conviction for racketeering in U.S. District Court in Idaho, a felony offense punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year.

The charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years supervised release.

Sentencing is set for July 30, 2012, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The case was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.