Caldwell men to plead guilty to gun charges

Two men tracked through the snow last winter are scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to gun charges stemming from an incident where they threatened another man.

David A. Prieto III, 22, and Gustavo Collado Rodriguez, 20, were arrested Dec. 30 after a 19-year-old Caldwell resident called 911 to report that two men and a girl had come to his home in the 500 block of East Ithaca Street and demanded money.

The man told police Collado pointed a pistol at him before the victim slammed the door in the intruders’ faces. The victim told police they were demanding money for a debt.

Officers found the 17-year-old girl near the residence. She was carrying a large hunting knife.

Officers followed the footprints in the snow to a shed in the 1000 block of North 3rd Avenue, a block away from the victim’s home. Under a mattress in the shed, police found the 9 mm pistol used by Collado and a sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun Prieto had carried.

The two men were initially charged in state court in Canyon County, but the case was later moved to federal court in Boise. Each faces up to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a firearm.

Collado could not legally possess a firearm because he has no citizenship or resident rights. A native of Mexico, he came to the United States as a child but does not have a legal right to be here.

Prieto was convicted in 2012 of felony possession of a controlled substance. After his arrest, he was returned to prison on a parole violation. He could return to prison until June 2020 on that case.