Kamiah Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Deputy
COEUR D’ALENE, ID—Paul Lee Oatman, 33 of Kamiah, Idaho, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Oatman to pay $25,719 in restitution and serve 100 hours of community service. He was found guilty by a jury on June 26, 2014.
According to court documents, on July 13, 2013, the defendant assaulted a Kamiah Marshal and fractured his jaw in two places. The marshal was attempting to arrest a friend of the defendant, when the defendant interfered and struck the marshal in the jaw.
“Today’s sentence sends the clear message that violent interference with a law enforcement officer engaged in his public safety duties will not be tolerated,” said Olson. “All persons have a duty to comply with a law enforcement officer’s commands. I commend the hard work of prosecutors and staff from my office and the cooperative investigative work of the Nez Perce Tribal Police Department and the FBI.”
The case was investigated by Nez Perce Tribal Police, Idaho County Sheriff’s Department, Lewis County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.