Nampa man to serve close to 3 years for illegal firearm

April 30, 2013 

A Nampa man was sentenced to close to three years in federal prison and another three years' supervised release Monday for the possession of an illegal sawed-off shotgun. Kenneth Lee Morgan, who faced up to 10 years in prison, pleaded guilty to the charge in February.

Morgan was arrested after he sold the sawed-off Winchester 12-gauge to a police informant in April 2011. Any shotgun with a barrel length of less than 18 inches must be registered with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Atwood, who prosecuted Morgan’s case, said this type of weapon is not always considered illegal.

"It can be a legal firearm if it’s registered properly," Atwood said.

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