COEUR D’ALENE – Bren Allen Goodnight, 31, of Lewiston, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to six years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Goodnight serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence, and stated his intent to sentence Goodnight to an additional three years of supervised release if he violated the terms imposed by the Court. Goodnight pleaded guilty to the charges on July 16, 2020.
According to court records, Lewiston Police Department detectives contacted Goodnight in March 2019, outside a Lewiston grocery store. Detectives developed probable cause to believe that drugs were within the vehicle Goodnight was driving and searched the vehicle. Detectives located and seized a Glock handgun and ammunition. Goodnight could not possess the firearm or ammunition because he had previously been convicted of a felony drug offense in Asotin County, Washington.
The investigation showed that Goodnight obtained this firearm from Benjamin Negrete. In July 2020, Negrete was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison followed by six years of supervised release, for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Lewiston PD detectives also investigated that case.
Multiple law enforcement agencies contributed to the investigation and prosecution of this case including the Lewiston Police Department, Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Quad Cities Drug Task Force. The Quad Cities Drug Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional group of law enforcement officers working together to target drug trafficking in Lewiston and Moscow, Idaho, and Clarkston and Pullman, Washington.
This case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
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