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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 9, 2019

Woman Sentenced to 46 Months in Federal Prison for Drunken Driving Fatal Crash

Wapato Woman Sentenced in Federal Court

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Tanaya Janatia Tromblee, age 33, of Wapato, Washington, and an enrolled member of the Confederated Bands and Tribes of the Yakama Nation, was sentenced after having pleaded guilty on June 5, 2019, to involuntary manslaughter. United States District Judge Stanley A. Bastian sentenced Tromblee to a 46-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court supervision after she is released from federal prison. Judge Bastian also ordered Tromblee to pay $82,213 in restitution.

According to information disclosed during court proceedings, on October 23, 2017, Tromblee operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine. Tromblee ran a stop sign at an intersection in Wapato and crashed into another vehicle, resulting in the death of a passenger.

United States Attorney Hyslop said, “Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense that can and does result in grave consequences to victims. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington commends the law enforcement officers with the Yakama Nation Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol, and Federal Bureau of Investigation who investigated this case. Their symbiotic professional partnership resulted in the successful outcome of this matter.”

This case was investigated by the Yakima Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Yakama Nation Police Department, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, and the Washington State Patrol. This case was prosecuted by Benjamin D. Seal, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
1:19-CR-2006-SAB
Updated September 10, 2019