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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nez Perce Man Sentenced to Over Thirteen Years for Assault with a Short-Barreled Shotgun

COEUR D'ALENE – Aleck Walker, 25, of Lapwai, Idaho, was sentenced today to a total of 166 months in federal prison by United States District Court Judge David C. Nye, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Judge Nye sentenced Walker to 46 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon and an additional 120 months for using a short-barreled shotgun in furtherance of the assault.  Judge Nye also ordered Walker to serve 3 years of supervised release after his release from prison.

According to court records, in July 2017, Walker approached a woman parked in a vehicle in an alley.  The woman’s daughter and father were also inside the vehicle.  Walker asked the woman why she was in the alley and pointed a short-barreled shotgun at her head.  The woman and her daughter both feared for their lives.  The case was prosecuted in federal court because Walker is a Nez Perce tribal member and the offense occurred within the boundaries of the Nez Perce reservation.  At sentencing, Walker apologized to the victims and said he was under the influence of drugs that day.

This case was investigated by the Nez Perce Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated June 19, 2018