BOISE -- A 34-year-old from Nampa was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to possessing an illegal sawed off shotgun.

Safet Miljkovic was given 37 months on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge, who also also ordered Miljkovic to forfeit the firearm.

He'd already pleaded guilty last December to knowingly possessing a 12-gauge slide-action shotgun with a barrel measuring less than 18 inches in length.

Such weapons are illegal.

They are easier to conceal than longer guns and have a wider spread of shot.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by the special assistant U.S. Attorney hired by the Treasure Valley Partnership and the State of Idaho to tackle gang crimes.

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