COEUR D’ALENE – Kalum McPhedran, 29, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday in United States District Court to unlawfully possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. McPhedran was indicted by a federal grand jury in Coeur d’Alene on February 20, 2013.
According to the plea agreement, McPhedran admitted that on January 15, 2013, he unlawfully possessed a Remington 12 gauge shotgun, knowing that he was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a previous conviction in 2010 for possession of a controlled substance. McPhedran will forfeit the firearm he unlawfully possessed.
The charge is punishable by up to ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.
Sentencing is set is set for November 13, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge at the federal courthouse in Coeur d’Alene.
The case was investigated by the North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force (NIVCTF). NIVCTF members include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Shoshone County Sheriff's Office, Bonner County Sheriff's Office, Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, and Coeur d'Alene Tribal
Police. The NIVCTF investigates a myriad of violent crimes, including armed robbery, kidnapping, felonious assault and drug trafficking.
The case was prosecuted as part of Idaho’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in Idaho.