BOISE — Kyle Alan Batt, suspected of shooting two Canyon County deputies in October, has been indicted on two federal firearms violations, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced Thursday.

He’s now charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Nampa Police Sgt. Don Peck said at a previous federal court appearance that Batt purchased the weapon — a .40 caliber Beretta — from a friend for $75 some years earlier.

Batt was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in 2004, and is not permitted to own guns.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in federal prison for the possession charge, and five years for the obliterated serial number charge. Both charges carry up to three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors are also seeking forfeiture of the weapon.

Batt will be arraigned Dec. 17 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush.

An investigation into the October shooting incident is ongoing – no charges have been filed at the local level.

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