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January 15, 2015

Wellpinit Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Violent Domestic Assault

SPOKANE, WA—Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Gabriel Joseph Andrew, age 28, of Wellpinit, Washington, was sentenced today after having previously pleaded guilty on September 4, 2014 to one count of Assault Resulting in Substantial Bodily Injury to a Spouse, Intimate Partner, or Dating Partner in Indian Country. United States District Court Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Andrew to a 39-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on March 18, 2014, Andrew assaulted his long-time girlfriend. The victim was punched and kicked by Andrew, resulting in numerous injuries including a large gash on the victim’s forehead.

Michael C. Ormsby stated, “Domestic violence continues to be a problem around the country. I commend the Spokane Tribal Police Department and the FBI for their leadership in addressing this problem and for their outstanding professional partnership exemplified by the successful investigation and prosecution of this matter. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to aggressively prosecuting domestic violence assaults that occur within areas under federal jurisdiction, including the Indian reservations in the District.

This investigation was conducted by the Spokane Tribal Police Department and the FBI. The case was prosecuted by Rudy J. Verschoor, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

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