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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Spokane Man Sentenced to 126 Months in Federal Prison for Distributing Methamphetamine and Violating Court Supervision

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jason Obermiller, age 34, of Spokane, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty in April 2018, to distributing and conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and admitting to violations of court supervision. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Obermiller to a 90-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by an 8-year term of court supervision after he is released from Federal prison. Chief Judge Rice also imposed a 36-month term of imprisonment, to run consecutive to the sentence imposed in the drug case, after finding that Obermiller violated court supervision stemming from a previous conviction for bank fraud conspiracy. Chief Judge Rice also ordered Obermiller’s sentence to run consecutive to the 33-month state term of incarceration he is currently serving.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, in September 2016, Obermiller distributed and conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, and did so after he had absconded from court supervision stemming from a bank fraud conspiracy conviction.

U.S. Attorney Harrington said, “Prosecuting drug crimes continues to be a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington. Drug traffickers should be aware that there are serious criminal penalties connected with possessing with the intent to distribute any drug and that this Office is committed to prosecuting aggressively drug cases in the Eastern District of Washington.”

This case was investigated by the Spokane Resident Office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Spokane Police Department, and the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. This case was prosecuted by Caitlin Baunsgard, Allyson Edwards, and George J.C. Jacobs, III, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.

Press Release Number: 
16-CR-00167-TOR; 14-CR-00168-TOR-26
Updated July 19, 2018