Mountain Homeboy Possessed by Authorities
The English essayist John Ruskin once famously noted, "Every increased possession loads us with new weariness." A Mountain Home man now knows just what Ruskin meant, after two of his most prized possessions loaded him with 63 months of federally mandated weariness in a correctional facility.
Forty-three-year-old Randy Jackson Kimble (no relation to the Karaoke Idol judge, dawg) was sentenced in Boise federal court on April 19 on three charges: One of being a felon in possession of a firearm, another of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, a third of possession of methamphetamine. All stemmed from a December 4, 2003, raid of Kimble's residence by a band of search warrant-toting Elmore County sheriffs.
Under federal law, it is a felony for anyone to own an unregistered shotgun less than 26 inches of total length, or with a barrel of less than 18 inches. Kimble plead guilty on February 7. His beefy sentence is a product of Idaho's Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which seeks to reduce gun violence by lengthening sentences of drug arrestees who also possess firearms.