Former Intermountain Gas executive pleads guilty to gun charge

Kenneth Morehouse
Kenneth Morehouse

Kenneth F. Morehouse, 59, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to unlawful possession of a firearm in a case that initially charged him with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Last year, an Ada County jury was unable to reach a verdict after Morehouse was accused of pointing a gun at an Ada County sheriff’s deputy on Feb. 22, 2016.

Deputies arrived at his home in the 6200 block of West Long Branch Lane, after Morehouse’s wife called police and told a dispatcher that she feared her husband wanted to kill himself.

After Morehouse pointed the gun at him, the deputy shot Morehouse in the shoulder.

At trial in state court, Ada County prosecutors said Morehouse was attempting “suicide by cop.” After the jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, prosecutors planned to retry Morehouse. However, the charge was dropped 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.

Morehouse served as president and chief executive officer of the MDU Resource Group Inc.’s utility group companies, including Intermountain Gas in Boise. He resigned from his positions in January 2015, shortly after he was charged in the domestic violence case.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 13 before Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge. Morehouse faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.