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Defendant Repeatedly Violates Conditions of Release with Alcohol Abuse

July 30, 2009

LESLIE GUY WILSON, 37, an enrolled member of the Makah Tribe, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to nine months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release following his prison sentence for two counts of second degree murder and assault. He also must complete an in-patient alcohol treatment program after his prison term. WILSON was released from federal prison in September 2008, and quickly violated the terms of his release by drinking alcohol. Over the next few months he continued to violate the release terms by drinking, refusing drug testing and being arrested for being drunk and disorderly. In March 2009, he was sent to inpatient alcohol treatment. WILSON absconded from inpatient treatment April 27, 2009. WILSON was arrested in July after he broke into a garage in Port Angeles, Washington, and held police and border patrol agents at bay until finally coming out.

According to records filed in the case, in 1991 WILSON brutally murdered two popular members of the community on the Makah reservation, Richard and Jeri Husband. The two were not tribal members, but had been exceptionally kind to WILSON and his family. WILSON knocked on the couple’s door and shot them when they answered. He also assaulted a member of the tribal community, a frail elderly woman. WILSON’s attorney argued that WILSON had been drinking alcohol all day the day of the crimes. In 1992, WILSON was sentenced to 24 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

In asking the court to send WILSON back to prison for four of the maximum allowable term of five years, Assistant United States Attorney Douglas B. Whalley wrote to the court, “There is every reason to believe that if (WILSON) remains free, he will drink, and he will then reach a state to commit a violent crime. He is not a typical murder defendant who committed his offense out of jealousy, or during a robbery or burglary. Such individuals are often less likely to re-offend after prison than people convicted of other crimes. Wilson’s offense was based solely on his abuse of alcohol, and after years in prison he went right back to drinking. The only way to protect the community is to send him back to prison for a long time.” At his hearing today Chief U.S. District Judge Robert S. Lasnik told WILSON that any additional deviation from the terms of his supervised release requirements would result in the prison term recommended by the prosecutor.

The case was investigated by the FBI, with the current offenses investigated by U.S. Probation, the Port Angeles Police Department, the Washington State Patrol and U.S. Border Patrol.

The original murder case, as well is these violations are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Douglas B. Whalley.

For additional information please contact Douglas Whalley at (206) 553-4882.

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