Dad of Washington School Shooter Gets Two Years — Domestic Violence Past
A domestic violence protection order filed by Raymond Fryberg’s former partner in Tulalip Tribal Court should have kept him from owning a gun. But a record of the 2002 order never made it into any state or federal criminal databases used by firearms dealers conducting background checks during gun purchases.
The case revealed flaws in the way federal authorities and tribal governments share information and led to 10 American Indian tribes gaining access to national criminal databases. The tribes, including the Tulalip tribes in Washington, can now conduct thorough background checks and add criminal records to the databases.
Prosecutors say Fryberg lied on a form he filled out when he bought the guns to hide the restraining order. His lawyers said he didn’t know he was prohibited from having firearms, and they sought probation as punishment.
The sentence was closer to prosecutors’ request for 33 months in prison.