A 32 year old Omak man will spend eight years in federal prison for a shooting on the Colville Indian Reservation more than two years ago. This past Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rice sentenced Chance The Wind Smith to 96 months in federal prison, and also imposed three years of federal supervision upon Smith’s release from custody. Last August, Smith had pled guilty to charges of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Indian Country and Theft in Indian Country.
According to court documents and proceedings, on the night of September 11, 2021, Colville Tribal Police and emergency medical technicians responded to a shooting in Omak. A victim had a gunshot wound to his abdomen from a .357 caliber handgun. The victim was rushed to the local hospital and had to be life-flighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for life-saving measures. Several eyewitnesses reported that Smith, who had fled the scene, shot the victim in the stomach and stole the victim’s Dodge Charger. As Smith was driving away in the stolen car, he almost ran over a five-year old child. An audio and video recording of the incident demonstrated that Smith physically assaulted a female witness just seconds before the shooting and the theft of the victim’s car. The victim survived, and continues to recover from the injuries.
In announcing the sentence, Judge Rice varied upward from the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines range and adopted the United States’ recommendation of 96 months in federal custody. Judge Rice specifically noted the effects of Smith’s conduct on his victims and the seriousness of the offense, including that the shooting took place in the presence of small children.
The case was investigated by the Colville Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.