Man sentenced to five years for aiming gun during argument on Lummi Reservation

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 8, 2014 

A Lummi Reservation resident was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday, July 8, for aiming an assault rifle at a man's head and cocking it during an argument.

Wesley John Gibbs, 53, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The incident occurred in September 2013 at Gibbs' trailer on the reservation, where he and another man got into an argument about Gibbs' treatment of the man's family.

Gibbs went to his bedroom and came back with an assault rifle, which was inoperable because it didn't have a firing pin. He pointed it at the man's head and threatened to shoot him, cocking the weapon to make it appear he was going to fire, according to court documents. He also threatened to hurt the man's family members. The man was able to get away and call police.

Gibbs has previous convictions for intimidating a public servant, unlawful possession of a firearm, third-degree assault and second-degree burglary, according to court documents.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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