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Stebbins Man Sentenced to Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Alaska

FAIRBANKS – Dwayne Thrasher, 33, from Stebbins, Alaska, was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally possessing a firearm.    

According to court documents, Thrasher was intoxicated in his home on January 21, 2020, when he became angry at his domestic partner. After throwing a pot of boiling hot soup to the floor, he pulled out a .22-caliber handgun and fired it inside the home until it was empty. When he began to reload the firearm, his partner was able to grab the gun and hide it before fleeing the house in fear for her life.

Thrasher has a long history of assaulting multiple women stretching back over 13 years. As someone previously convicted of a felony offense, Thrasher is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Alaska State Troopers investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Doty prosecuted the case.

This case is part of the Rural Alaska Anti-Violence Enforcement Network (RAAVEN) initiative to increase engagement, coordination and action on public safety in Alaska Native communities. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it encourages extensive collaboration among law enforcement at all levels, rural communities, Alaska Native groups, victim service organizations and care providers.



Updated May 13, 2021

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 21-039