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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brimley Felon Sentenced For Possession Of Firearms On Bay Mills Reservation


           MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN – Patricia Marie Sawasky, 46, of Brimley, Michigan, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Sawasky to serve two years of supervised release following her release from prison, and to pay a $100 special assessment. Sawasky had pled guilty in February.

           The investigation into Sawasky’s activities stemmed from the execution of a search warrant at a residence Sawasky occasionally occupied with her boyfriend. In the process of being taken into custody on an outstanding state arrest warrant, Sawasky assaulted a tribal officer. During the execution of the search, eleven firearms were located in the residence, some in a gun cabinet and others in the master bedroom. The firearms included a .50 caliber revolver. Sawasky, who had been previously convicted of a felony drug offense in Michigan, admitted that she had handled the .50 caliber revolver and had ready access to the other firearms in the residence.

           The Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Police, the Chippewa County Sheriff Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.


Updated April 15, 2015