Boise man gets 3 1/2 years in prison on federal gun charges

krodine@idahostatesman.comMarch 4, 2014 

Jason Earl Wright, 39, of Boise must serve 42 months in prison for illegally possessing 14 firearms and 2,000 rounds of ammunition, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Tuesday.

Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also sentenced Wright to three years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Wright pleaded guilty to the offense on Nov. 17.

Olson’s office had recommended a prison sentence of seven years and eight months. The maximum sentence for the crime would be 10 years’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

According to court documents, Wright tried to purchase a scope mount for an SKS assault rifle on Craigslist. But the seller, an Idaho probation officer, determined that Wright was a convicted felon — ineligible to own guns — and reported him to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An undercover agent contacted Wright and made arrangements to trade ammunition and a gun safe for the scope mount. When confronted by the agent, Wright initially denied that he had any guns in his house but, when told the agent had a search warrant, said there were guns inside but they were all in his wife’s name.

The search revealed Wright had four assault weapons capable of accepting large capacity magazines, four .22 rifles, two 30.06 rifles, two .40 pistols, one 6.5- by 50-millimeter rifle and one shotgun. Wright also was in possession of 12 high capacity SKS magazines, 16 .22 rifle magazines and several thousand rounds of ammunition, according to the U.S. attorney’s sentencing memorandum.

“Also of concern in the defendant’s history,” the memorandum continues, “is that the defendant has been diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder and, according to his defense counsel, has a gun related mania.”

Wright had previously been convicted of 20 prior offenses, including two felony drug trafficking charges, domestic assault, battery and carrying a concealed weapon.

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

Kristin Rodine: 377-6447

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