‘Armed career criminal’ sentenced to 22 years for felony gun possession
By Christen Smith
Eric Courtney Hunter. (Photo: Twin Falls County Jail)
A southern California man will spend more than two decades in prison for felony gun possession, according to the Department of Justice.
Eric Courtney Hunter, 39, will serve 262 months behind bars after stealing his girlfriend’s BMW and $27,000 in cash while staying with her in Twin Falls, Idaho in January 2017.
According to court documents, Hunter’s criminal history includes eight prior felony convictions for drug possession, assault and witness intimidation, among other charges. His extensive rap sheet qualifies him as an “armed career criminal” under federal law, mandating he serve at least 15 years for further violent felony convictions, according to the DOJ.
In February, an Idaho jury found Hunter guilty on all charges after his girlfriend, Tonya Winter, said he stole her money and car after she told him to move out. Law enforcement had responded to Winter’s home three times between Dec. 6, 2016 and Jan. 5, 2017 for reports of shots fired, but were never able to connect Hunter to the activity — until Winter filed a police report against him on Jan. 6, 2017.
Winter told police Hunter carried around a distinctive shotgun wrapped in black tape with an obliterated serial number.