Willard Bryan Wilhelm, 33, of Crook County, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon announced.
Wilhelm pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence. As a result, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, citing court records, Wilhelm was warned that he could no longer lawfully possess a firearm and ammunition. Prineville police, responding to a call, arrested Wilhelm on July 19, 2012, after finding a loaded rifle at his home, according to the U.S. Attorney.
“Not every abuser who owns or possesses a firearm will use them to threaten, kill or injure others, but if an abuser has access to a firearm, it is far more likely that a homicide, suicide or serious injury will occur," U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said in a statement. “My office will prosecute those convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors who subsequently possess a firearm."
Sentencing is set for 10 a.m. May 10 by Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Salem. Wilhelm faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case was referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution by Crook County Deputy District Attorney Katherine Krauel-Hernberg.
— From staff reports