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Press Release

Oregon Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegal Firearm Possession on the Burns Paiute Reservation

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

EUGENE, Ore.—A man staying on the Burns Paiute Indian Reservation was sentenced to federal prison today for illegally possessing a shotgun with an obliterated serial number.

Danny Hank Snapp, 31, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

According to court documents, on September 13, 2020, a woman called the police after hearing screaming and crying, followed by gunshots, from her neighbor’s residence on the Burns Paiute Indian Reservation. When police arrived on scene, they found Snapp’s ex-wife crying and walking in front of the property. Officers entered the house, removed a child, and placed Snapp under arrest. The officers located a revolver hidden in a floor vent and a shotgun with an obliterated serial number. After initially claiming he had set off fireworks, Snapp admitted to firing the revolver into the air.

Snapp and his ex-wife are not members of the Burns Paiute Tribe.

On September 7, 2021, Snapp pleaded guilty to the firearm charge for which he was sentenced today.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement and the Burns Police Department, and prosecuted by Jeffrey S. Sweet, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, and Thomas Weathers, Tribal Prosecutor for the Burns Paiute Tribe.

Updated November 15, 2021

Firearms Offenses