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Former Inmate Caught with Hand-Cannon

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A Canyon County man will spend 15 months in federal custody after violating a law prohibiting inmates of mental institutions from possessing firearms. Dale Robert Salyers, 46, of Middleton was released from Idaho's State Hospital North in July 2004, two months after his originally voluntary stay at the hospital turned involuntary due to his erratic and delusional behavior. Upon his release, according to U.S. Attorneys office, Salyers stated in writing that he had turned over all of his weapons to "an uninvolved third party."

However, when Salyers was pulled over by a Wilder police officer for speeding eight days after his release, his car's center console told another story. It contained a barely concealed--and fully loaded--Taurus .357 Magnum handgun. Salyers will serve three years of supervised release after his incarceration and will be required to perform 50 hours of community service.

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