A Kearns man has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to interfering with Internal Revenue Service officers.

Neil D. Staley, 4840 S. 4380 West, made the plea Aug.18. He had been indicted by a federal grand jury on March 31 on charges of forcible interference and assault on federal officers.According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory C. Diamond, Staley chased the agents off his property with a rifle.

Diamond said the officers were attempting to deliver a levy for back taxes, and although Staley never pointed the rifle at the officers, he did threaten them with it.

Judge Aldon J. Anderson heard the plea and set sentencing for Oct. 17.

Diamond said that the violation carries a maximum penalty of $250,000 and/or three years imprisonment.