Neopit man sentenced for firing gun near woman

Peters had prior convictions in tribal court
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Kevin Murphy Leader Correspondent

A Neopit man was sentenced Monday in federal court to six years and five months in prison in connection with firing a handgun through a couch next to where a woman was sitting.

Dillon R. Peters Sr., 30, and a woman residing with him but identified in court documents only as “Jane Doe” were in their living room on May 5 seated on a couch and arguing about something. Peters retrieved a 22-caliber handgun from somewhere within his reach and while standing in front of the couch, pointed the gun at Doe and said, “I should kill you,” according to court records.

Peters then fired the gun into the couch just next to where Doe was sitting.

Doe later found the handgun in a laundry basket and took it and the basket to a friend’s house in Keshena. A tribal police detective recovered the gun from Doe’s friend and obtained a warrant to search Peter’s house.

A bullet consistent with a 22-caliber slug was recovered from a gash in the wall, and a hole in the couch was discovered in a location corresponding with the gash in the wall.

Peters pled guilty in October to brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which has a mandatory seven-year prison term to be served consecutive if another sentence is imposed.

According to the plea agreement, the government was to recommend a 10-year sentence and the defense could not argue for less than an eight-year sentence.

However, District Judge William Griesbach imposed a 77-month sentence and five years’ supervised release. Griesbach noted that Peters committed a serious offense and firing a gun inside a house has a high level of danger to anyone present. Peters also had prior convictions in tribal court for offenses involving many victims, Griesbach said, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the FBI and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Maier.