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Ft. Hall man sentenced on weapons charge

A Fort Hall man was sentenced to over seven years in prison for illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

U.S. Attorney Bart Davis said Tyrell Owen Dixey, 34, pleaded guilty to the federal charge in February 2018. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Dixey to 87 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release in a court appearance Wednesday.

According to a plea agreement, Dixey was passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in Fort Hall on January 30, 2017. Inside the vehicle, officers found a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches in length.

Police determined the shotgun had Dixey’s fingerprints on it. He admitted possessing the shotgun and know the weapon had a shortened barrel. The shotgun was not registered to Dixey in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, and the Fort Hall Police Department. The PSN program was designed to turn the tide of rising violent crime.

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