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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wellpinit Man Sentenced To Federal Prison For Domestic Assault

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Charles Joseph Reevis, age 24, of Wellpinit, Washington, was sentenced on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 after having previously pleaded guilty on February 20, 2014 to Assault With a Dangerous Weapon. United States District Court Chief Judge Rossana Malouf Peterson sentenced Reevis to a forty-one month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison.

According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on April 24, 2012, Reevis was at the home of the victim, who is the mother of his three children. Reevis became angry because the victim did not prepare his dinner quickly enough. Reevis left the home but quickly returned and began choking the victim. He then grabbed a large kitchen knife and threatened to kill the victim and would not allow her to leave the house. The victim managed to escape with her children but Reevis jumped in the victim's vehicle and again choked the victim. The victim drove to a family member's house and Reevis fled. He was arrested a short time later.

Michael C. Ormsby stated, "The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington is, and will continue to be, committed to prosecuting aggressively domestic violence crimes that occur in this District over which federal jurisdiction exists, including Indian Country. Domestic violence in Indian Country demands the attention of law enforcement, families, social service programs, and the community at large."

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

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Updated January 29, 2015