Two Caldwell men get federal prison on gun charges

Gustavo Collado Rodriguez, 20, and David Angel Prieto, 22, were sentenced Wednesday for unlawful possession of a pistol and a sawed-off shotgun, Idaho's U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced.

Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Rodriguez to five years in prison and Prieto to three years in prison. Both defendants pleaded guilty in August.

According to court documents, Prieto and Rodriguez went to a residence in Caldwell, where Rodriguez demanded money and pointed a pistol at the occupant of the home. Prieto and Rodriguez fled before police officers arrived, but officers were able to track them by following footprints in the snow to a nearby shed. Inside the shed, officers found Rodriguez and Prieto along with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and a 9 millimeter pistol with a high capacity magazine loaded with hollow point ammunition.

Both men are prohibited from possessing firearms, Olson said: Rodriguez because he is not a legal resident of the United States, and Prieto because he was previously convicted of the felony crime of possession of a controlled substance. According to information presented in court, both men associate with a criminal gang. Lodge ordered Prieto to have no contact with criminal gangs upon his release from prison. Rodriguez will likely be deported after serving his prison sentence.