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Nampa man sentenced to federal prison for possession of a sawed-off shotgun

After being arrested in 2019, a Nampa man was sentenced on Thursday to over 4 years in federal prison.
Credit: Brian Myrick / Idaho Press
An inmate walks toward his cell block at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. (June 26, 2018)

BOISE, Idaho —

Paul Clements, 58, was sentenced to over four years in federal prison on Thursday after first being arrested in April 2019 for outstanding warrants and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun while on probation from a prior felony. 

Clements was initially arrested after police received a call stating a disorientated man’s truck had broken down in Canyon County. When police officers learned that Clements had outstanding warrants, they arrested him and searched his vehicle when they found the sawed-off shotgun. Due to a prior felony burglary conviction, which Clements was on probation for, he was prohibited from possessing firearms. Clements pleaded guilty to the charges in September 2021 and was sentenced on Thursday. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Clements to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence. 

Clements’ prosecution was part of a federal, state and local joint program called Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which focuses on reducing crime by targeting the most violent offenders and developing locally-based preventative and reentry programs in order to develop a lasting reduction in crime.

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