The former CEO of Intermountain Gas has been sentenced to one year and nine months in prison after an incident the ended when he was shot by an Ada County sheriff’s deputy.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge on Monday ordered Kenneth Morehouse, 59, to pay a $5,500 fine and imposed three years of supervised release to follow his incarceration, according to the Idaho U.S. Attorney Office.
Morehouse pleaded guilty in June to unlawful possession of a firearm during the February 2016 incident at his home in the 6200 block of West Long Branch Lane near Hidden Springs. Morehouse’s wife had called deputies because she thought Morehouse was suicidal.
A deputy encountered Morehouse in his home holding a firearm and shot Morehouse in the shoulder after the deputy said Morehouse pointed the gun at him.
At a trial in state court for felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, Ada County prosecutors said Morehouse was attempting “suicide by cop.” The jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared. Prosecutors at first planned to retry Morehouse, but then dropped the state charge after a federal grand jury indicted him on the weapons charge.
Morehouse lost his federal right to own firearms after he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence in 2005. He had a .357-caliber revolver with him the day he was shot by the deputy.