Casey Charles McKinstry, a 33-year-old felon from Rock Island, has been sentenced to six months in prison for unlawfully handling firearms in a store. McKinstry was apprehended at Sportsman's Warehouse in East Wenatchee when an off-duty police officer witnessed him handling pistols, according to court documents.
With burglary and theft convictions dating back to 2004 and 2008, McKinstry is subject to a lifetime ban on possessing firearms in Washington, unless granted restoration of those rights by a court.
In March 2022, McKinstry was arrested after surveillance footage from the store revealed his interaction with nine pistols. The store had temporarily held the firearms for McKinstry's wife, Ariana, but declined to sell them suspecting she intended to purchase them on someone else's behalf.
Initially charged with nine counts of Second-Degree Illegal Possession of a Firearm, McKinstry ultimately accepted a plea deal, admitting to possessing a firearm and conspiring to commit a drug offense involving heroin distribution. He will serve two concurrent six-month terms in prison and subsequently undergo 12 months of community custody.