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Press Release

Previously Convicted Felon Sentenced to 92 Months in Federal Prison

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

Spokane – Michael C. Ormsby, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Matthew Edward Baumrucker, age 31, of Spokane, Washington was sentenced today after having previously pled guilty on January 8, 2015 to being a Previously Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Chief United States District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Baumrucker to a 92 month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three year term of court supervision following he is released from Federal prison.

According to court records, on March 12, 2014, Detectives with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office were looking for Baumrucker, as he had several active warrants for his arrest. Baumrucker was ultimately located in a motel in Spokane Valley, Washington. Detectives made phone contact with Baumrucker, who agreed to come out of his motel room. After the call, surveillance officers located outside of the motel building saw Baumrucker place a handgun on the air conditioner unit outside of the window to his room. After he was arrested, Baumrucker admitted he possessed the gun, but denied it was his.

Michael C. Ormsby started, "Matthew Baumrucker has a significant criminal history, including a prior federal felony conviction. He was a righteous target and I commend the Spokane Police Department, the Spokane Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI for their efforts in making this a successful prosecution. The public must understand that every previously convicted felon who possesses a firearm and/or even a single round of ammunition faces serious consequences when caught. The 92 month sentence meted out today is just one such example."

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Spokane Sheriff’s Office, and the Spokane Police Department. Caitlin A. Baunsgard, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, prosecuted the case.

Updated May 6, 2015

Release Number: 2:14-CR-00114-RMP