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California man convicted for unlawful possession of a firearm

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A federal jury in Boise has convicted Eric Courtney Hunter, 38, of Victorville, California on two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Sentencing is set for May 11 before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise. Hunter could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release.  However, U.S. Attorney Bart Davis said Hunter could receive up to life in prison if the judge determines 3 or more of his prior felony convictions qualify as crimes of violence under federal law.

According to evidence presented at trial, Twin Falls police received a 911 call on December 6, 2016 reporting shots fired at a Twin Falls home. Police found evidence a gun had been fired, including a hold in a window and shotgun shells on the ground.  

Witnesses said Hunter is the man who fired the shotgun. 

A month later, on January 6, 2017 a woman told police Hunter stole her BMW and $27,000. When police located the car Hunter was in it and had $27,100 in his pocket. A search of the car turned up the shotgun and ammunition in Hunter's suitcase. 

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