SPOKANE, Wash. -- A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for an assault on the Yakama Reservation.
Jerrel Lee Charles pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in March 2013. After Charles serves his 37 months behind bars, he will serve a three year term of court supervised release.
The judge also sentenced Charles to complete a mental health evaluation and follow any treatment recommendations of the evaluation professional.
According to information disclosed during the court proceedings, on October 13, 2012, Charles and his girlfriend had an argument at their residence located on the Yakama Reservation, which argument escalated into a physical confrontation.
An acquaintance of the couple decided to intervene. The acquaintance retrieved a firearm, struck Charles, and began firing rounds into the air. The acquaintance and the victim then left the residence, entered a vehicle, and began to depart the area.
Charles obtained a rifle and fired a shot at the vehicle. The victim was struck by a round fired by Charles. The victim was subsequently transported to the hospital.
The Yakama Nation Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation immediately began an investigation. After discovering what had happened, the law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for the Charles' residence and the rifle was found in his bedroom.
After being advised of his Miranda warnings, Charles admitted he had shot the round that struck the victim. As explained during the court proceedings, Charles has a history of psychiatric hospitalizations.