School Shooter's Dad Guilty on Gun Charges

Son's murder of 4 classmates wasn't mentioned in court
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2015 1:21 AM CDT
School Shooter's Dad Guilty on Gun Charges
In this Sept. 21, 2015, photo, Raymond Fryberg, the father of the Washington state teenager who fatally shot four classmates and himself, arrives at the federal courthouse in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

A father in Washington state could be spending up to 10 years in prison for buying the gun his 15-year-old son used to kill himself and four classmates. Raymond Fryberg, father of Jaylen Fryberg, was found guilty on Tuesday on federal charges of illegally possessing six firearms, including the Beretta PX4 Storm pistol his son took to school, NBC News reports. Fryberg is a member of the Tulalip Tribes, and prosecutors said he bought the guns in violation of a tribal domestic-violence protective order that wasn't entered into federal databases, the Seattle Times reports. Fryberg's lawyers said he wasn't aware of the order and thought he could buy guns legally, although in a 2012 court case, he admitted violating the order.

The illegal guns were discovered after the Oct. 24, 2014, shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, and while the shooting wasn't part of the case against Fryberg, his lawyer tells the Times that it clouded the proceedings and made it "difficult to stay on task." He accuses the government of "piling on" and says he plans to appeal the verdict. The Times notes that investigators found unsecured firearms in the home after the shooting—and that relatives of the four teenage victims stayed silent in court when the verdict was announced but could be heard cheering after they left the room. Fryberg will be sentenced in January, the AP reports. (Fryberg's son texted his family moments before opening fire on his friends.)

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