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Wasilla Man Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a man from Wasilla was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Brandon Paul Schatz, 41, from Wasilla, Alaska, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason to 21 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.


On May 23, 2016, Schatz brought a loaded Glock Model 42 semi-automatic pistol to his work at a gravel pit in Wasilla. At the time, Schatz was on felony probation with the State of Alaska for a conviction of Assault in the Third Degree.


Before imposing a sentence, Judge Gleason commented that due to his history, Mr. Schatz cannot be in possession of any firearms, and that her sentence focused on protection of the public given Mr. Schatz’s prior convictions for assault, weapons offenses, and driving under the influence.


Acting U.S. Attorney Schroder commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Alaska State Troopers for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case.

Updated March 31, 2017

Firearms Offenses