Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Former Tribal Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Misdemeanor Assault
COEUR D’ALENE – Ramon L. Garcia, 31, of Plummer, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to four months in prison for assault, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Garcia pleaded guilty to the charge on October 20, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Garcia admitted that he was heavily intoxicated when he pointed a firearm at a man at a party. Garcia was a Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police Officer and off duty at the time of the June 20, 2014 incident. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe released Garcia from employment after the incident. At sentencing Garcia took responsibility for his actions and told the court he would no longer use alcohol. Judge Dale noted that the maximum punishment for a misdemeanor assault was six months in custody and that Garcia had no prior criminal history. In sentencing Garcia to the Bureau of Prisons, Judge Dale told Garcia he had betrayed the public trust given to him. In addition to the prison sentence Garcia was ordered to surrender his Idaho POST accreditation and certification.
The case was investigated by Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).