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Thursday, 18 February 2010

Julian Jose Garza, 28, of Notus, Idaho, and a member of the East Side Locos gang in Caldwell, was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months in federal prison

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Julian Jose Garza, 28, of Notus, Idaho, and a member of the East Side Locos gang in Caldwell, was sentenced Tuesday to 70 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney's Office announced.He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, who also ordered Garza to serve 3 years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. He will serve his sentence in a federal prison outside of Idaho.Garza pled guilty to the charge in September 2009. During his plea, Garza admitted possessing a 9mm semi-automatic handgun during a confrontation with two men in Caldwell on May 14, 2008. Where Garza had been previously convicted of Discharge of a Firearm into an Occupied Dwelling in Canyon County, Idaho, he was also prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law.Garza's case was investigated by the Caldwell Police Department, the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. His prosecution was part of Idaho's Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.Julian Garza's sentencing concluded a multi-faceted investigation into the criminal activities of Julian Garza's family, gang and associates. Julian Garza's father, Gabriel Garza, pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawful possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 12 months of prison on March 30, 2009. Julian Garza's girlfriend, Chelsea Robbins-Gonzalez, was convicted of perjury, after lying to the federal grand jury regarding Julian Garza's possession of a firearm. On June 1, 2009, she was sentenced to two years of probation.

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