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UPDATED: Suspects in a drive-by shooting near Shelley are in custody

SHELLEY:  The suspects are in custody, and the vehicle was recovered as stolen out of Bonneville County, which was used in a drive-by shooting yesterday at the Jameston Townsite, 2 miles east of Shelley.


Franklin Crazythunder. Photo by Bingham County Sheriff’s Department.

Last night just before 11 PM Bingham County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted a vehicle that appeared similar to the one involved in the reported shooting from a vehicle incident in the Shelley area earlier in the day. Upon checking the license plate, it was discovered that the vehicle was confirmed to be signed stolen out of Bonneville County. Our Deputies initiated a traffic stop and the vehicle stopped at the I-15 Southbound Exit at MP 89.

During the investigation, the suspects present were Franklin Crazythunder, Jose Ponsaa, and Kelcei Llamas. It was discovered that the vehicle had been spray painted on the lower portion to create a 2-tone appearance. Each suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Bingham County Jail.

Various items of interest were seized from the vehicle to include a pistol that was confirmed to be signed stolen out of Rigby. The ammunition in which we believe matches the shell casings located at the shooting from a vehicle scene in Shelley from earlier. Several “bump keysâ€, small amounts of suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a bank card not belonging to the suspects were also discovered during the course of the investigation.

We are glad to bring this incident to a close in a timely fashion. We are confident that the vehicle involved with this incident is the suspect vehicle and suspects involved in the Shelley shooting from a vehicle incident.

Though Crazythunder, Ponsaa, and Llamas are in custody and suspected of these crimes, they are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Jose Ponsaa. Photo by Bingham County Sheriff’s Department.

There is ongoing investigation by the Blackfoot/Bingham Detective Division to determine the full disposition of criminal charges for each individual. Those likely included will be various counts of Grand Theft by Possession, Possession of Controlled Substances / Paraphernalia, Resisting and Obstructing, and Possession of a Financial Transaction Card.

At about 5:30 PM yesterday, there was a reported shooting from a vehicle in the area between 1100 East and 1150 East along 1250 North or at the Jameson townsite, 2 miles east of Shelley, according to the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office Website.

When deputies arrived, they discovered two 9 mm shell casings near the roadway. According to the website, there were no apparent injuries and no known property damage.

It was also reported that the image of the suspect vehicle was secured by a doorbell camera in the area. It was reported to be a white Jeep Cherokee with black wheels and tinted windows.

According to a recent post on the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office Website, the vehicle was properly identified by comments in one of their posts which was shared.

Community Pioneer visited the area today and spoke with two neighbors who were unaware that the shooting had occurred.

Kelcei Llamas. Photo by Bingham County Sheriff’s Department.

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