Yakama tribal member sentenced for possession of stolen firearm

— A Yakama Nation tribal member has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to 10 years in prison for possessing a stolen firearm.

Aaron Winnier, 33, of Wapato, will also serve three years community supervision when he is released from federal prison, U.S. District Court Judge William Fremming ruled Tuesday.

Winnier had been previously convicted for more than 40 crimes, according to court records.

The current sentence stems from conviction on a domestic disturbance in which tribal police found Winnier with a stolen firearm in his pocket, court records show. Police noted he was intoxicated at the time of his April 22, 2014, arrest.

Winnier allegedly told police that he did not care if the firearm was stolen and that he would just “get another one,” court records show.

"The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting individuals who unlawfully possess firearms.," U.S. Attorney Michael C. Ormsby said. "Such offenses are serious and just punishment will be pursued against individuals who violate the firearms laws, as was done in this case."

According to Ormsby, Winnier has a criminal history that includes previous convictions for possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, obstruction, taking vehicle without permission, protection order violation, attempt to elude a police vehicle, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, third-degree escape, reckless endangerment, malicious injury to property, residential burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony harassment–threat to kill.

"I commend the Yakama Nation Police Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for their commitment to this successful prosecution,” Ormsby said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington Tom Hanlon prosecuted the case.


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