Prison Sentences Handed Down for Defendants Who Participated in a Shooting on the Yakama Nation
SPOKANE—Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Samantha Randall, age 32, Jovita Colwash, age 30, Justin Martinez, age 35, and Glenn George, age 31, pled guilty and were sentenced for their respective roles in a shooting which occurred within the external boundaries of the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation.
According to information disclosed during court proceedings, on June 7, 2013, members of the group consumed alcohol and methamphetamine. Colwash expressed anger due to a baseless rumor of an alleged affair involving her boyfriend and the victim. Later that day, Colwash encouraged the group to travel with her to the victim’s residence. The group entered a vehicle and traveled to the victim’s residence which was located within the external boundaries of the Yakama Nation and on trust land. When they arrived, Colwash asked Martinez to retrieve a shotgun from the rear of her vehicle. Martinez reached into the rear of the vehicle and grabbed a shotgun and ammunition. The shotgun was handed to George. George loaded the shotgun. The loaded shotgun was later handed to Randall. Colwash devised a plan. The plan was for Martinez to approach the front door and ask to speak with the victim. Once the victim exited the residence, Colwash and Randall would emerge from a hiding spot and confront the victim. Colwash offered to provide methamphetamine if anything “went down.”
After the discussion, Martinez walked to the residence and knocked on the front door. A child heard the knock and answered the door. Martinez asked for the victim. A short time later, the victim exited her residence. Colwash immediately confronted the victim. Randall stood by with the loaded shotgun. Colwash gave Randall a signal to shoot. In response, Randall shot the victim. Children were inside of the residence at the time of the shooting.
Immediately after the shot was fired, the group ran to the car and quickly drove away. The victim was left on the door step to die. However, the victim miraculously survived and was treated at the hospital. Randall pled guilty to Assault with Intent to Commit Murder. On December 18, 2014, Randall was sentenced to 134 months’ imprisonment. Colwash pled guilty to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and Aiding and Abetting. On September 16, 2014, Colwash was sentenced to 84 months’ imprisonment. Martinez pled guilty to Accessory After the Fact to Assault with Intent to Commit Murder. On July 29, 2014, Martinez was sentenced to 96 months’ imprisonment. George pled guilty to Felon in Possession of Ammunition. On December 17, 2014, George was sentenced to 51 months’ imprisonment. All of the Defendants will be placed on court ordered supervision upon release from prison.
Michael C. Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, said, “the United States Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting those who engage in violent acts on the Yakama Nation Reservation. The Yakama Nation Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation spent countless hours investigating this case which resulted in all four members of the conspiracy being identified and brought to answer for this horrendous crime.”
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Alison L. Gregoire and Tom Hanlon, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.