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POCATELLO and BOISE – Walter High Eagle, 51, of Fort Hall, and John Roger March, 60, of Boise, were sentenced this week in U.S. District Court on separate charges against federal officials, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today.

Eagle was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison for assault on an officer and using a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime. According to court documents, on July 17, 2020, Fort Hall Police and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation had information that Eagle, a convicted felon, was in possession of an illegal firearm. Law enforcement sought and obtained a search warrant for Eagle’s residence on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation to search for firearms. As the police yelled “police” and entered Eagle’s home on the ground floor, Eagle, on the upper level, began yelling down the stairs, saying he had a gun and was going to shoot. The police were at the bottom of the stairs and the Eagle was standing nearby, aimed at them at the top of the stairs. Eagle told the police to leave. They responded by telling him to come out, and Gondo fired a shot. He then said that he would shoot the police on the first floor through the second floor, where Eagle was. One of the officers shot by Chapungu was a Fort Hall Police Department detective, who, under federal law, is a public official in the performance of his detective duties.

Hours later, an FBI SWAT team arrived. When the team started to release the suffocating smoke from Chapungu’s house to get it out of the house, Eagle shot at the FBI car, and almost hit the FBI Special Agent who was standing near the car.

Eagle admitted knowingly and intentionally striking the detective and agent by firing his gun. On February 16, 2022, Eagle pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of using a firearm while assaulting a police officer.

United States District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced Eagle to 24 months in federal prison on each assault conviction and an additional 10 years in federal prison for using a firearm in furtherance of an assault. Judge Winmill also ordered Eagle to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

“The escalation of attacks on law enforcement officers – and law enforcement officers – is offensive and will not be tolerated,” said US Attorney Hurwit. “We will continue to jail those who commit crimes against the brave men and women who volunteer to protect our communities.”

March was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for threatening a government official. According to court records, on January 20, 2021, March stole a rug from a post office in Boise. The next day, three postal inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Boise Police went to March’s residence in Boise to question him about the theft. In March, he became hostile to the law enforcement.

A few moments later, the postal inspector saw March turn his car around and head back towards the post office attendant. March continued towards the post office until March’s right windshield collided with the government postal vehicle. Police arrested March for assault.

The next day, March made a threatening phone call from the Ada County Jail with the intent to harass, intimidate, and interfere with the performance of a postal inspector at his job. Specifically, during the call, March made threatening comments against the postal inspector.

March was sentenced to 37 months in state prison by United States District Judge David C. Nye. Judge Nye also ordered Kurume to serve three years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

US Attorney Hurwit appreciated the cooperation of the FBI and the Fort Hall Police Department, as well as the Boise Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service, for their work in these cases.

The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho is committed to prosecuting those who harm or threaten to harm law enforcement and government employees. Some recent cases involving threats against government employees prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho are linked below:

Twin Falls Man Convicted of Threatening to Kill Prosecutor

Middleton Man Convicted of Threatening FBI Agent

Nampa Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Violation


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