Feds arrest man over target shooting of TVs
A Grand Junction man faces a variety of federal charges after he allegedly brought dilapidated televisions to federal land near Grand Junction for target practice.
Henry Bostelman, 29, is being held without bond at the Mesa County Jail in connection with his arrest last week by Bureau of Land Management rangers on suspicion of disposing of household refuse on BLM land, driving without a license on federal land and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A BLM ranger said in a criminal complaint he was patrolling around 34 and C roads on the evening of Oct. 14, when he allegedly observed Bostelman driving in the area before unloading televisions from a pickup truck and placing them on the ground. A second man at the scene explained to the ranger he and Bostelman were going to shoot the discarded TVs, the complaint said.
When contacted Bostelman allegedly said there were TVs already in the area and they were only going to shoot at them, “and then pick them up.”
Officers recovered a loaded 300 Remmington bolt action rifle from the behind the seat of Bostelman’s truck, the complaint said. The ranger told Bostelman that even though the rifle was owned by the second man who was at the scene, Bostelman was still considered under law to be in possession of it.
Bostelman’s story changed when told he was being detained.
“Bostelman then told me what he meant (when earlier said he was shooting TVs) was that he was going to shoot the televisions with a pellet gun he also had in the truck,” the complaint said.
He’s prohibited from possessing firearms after a felony conviction, which included a nearly two-year prison sentence, according to the complaint. The document didn’t included specific details about the prior felony conviction.
A check also revealed Bostelman’s driver’s license was revoked.
A conviction under federal law for being a felon in possession of a firearm includes possible penalties up to 10 years in prison, and or a fine up to $250,000.