Oregon Woman Pleads Guilty To Assault With Intent To Murder Two Family Members
February 09, 2018
(PORTLAND, ORE.) – On Wednesday, February 7 a young woman from Oregon, Rhyan Leigh Smith, 26, of Warm Springs pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts of assault with the intent to commit murder and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Rhyan Leigh Smith, 26, of Warm Springs, ORE. Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
The announcement was made by the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oregon in a statement.
According to court documents in the case:
“In the early morning hours of March 16, 2016, Smith returned to a house she had periodically resided in with five of her family members, said the AG’s office statement. “At approximately 8:00 a.m., Smith retrieved a pistol she had taken from the owner without permission. Smith conversed briefly with a family member in doorway of the family member’s bedroom before shooting him five times. A second family member heard the gunshots and tried to stop Smith, but Smith shot her multiple times. Both victims suffered life-threatening injuries.”
The Warm Springs Police Department and the FBI responded to the house and found Smith hiding in sagebrush near the house with an AR-15 assault rifle. Investigators later found a camouflage rifle bag with multiple AR-15 magazines, loose ammunition and a 9mm pistol in a vehicle at the house.
Smith faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 21, 2018 before United States Chief District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman.
The case was investigated by the FBI and the Warm Springs Police Department and prosecuted by William Narus and Craig Gabriel, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.