Stanwood Man Convicted of Illegal Firearms Possession and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice
January 14, 2018
Feds say he used his wife as Straw Buyer of guns and ammunition
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- A repeat offender who previously served ten years for plotting to use a pipe-bomb to blow up a motel, was convicted on Thursday of four federal felonies related to his ongoing illegal weapon possession, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes of the US Dept. of Justice western District of Washington.
Robert A. Standard, 41, of Stanwood, Washington was convicted of illegally possessing two firearms, illegal possession of ammunition, illegal possession of an unregistered silencer and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The jury deliberated two hours following a three-day jury trial. Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez set sentencing for April 13, 2018.
According to records in the case and testimony at trial, Standard repeatedly directed his wife in person and via text message to purchase firearms for his use. The weapons included an AR-15 assault rifle and a Ruger .380 handgun.
Standard ordered more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from online sources, as well as gun parts. He directed his wife to purchase ammunition as well.
His wife was confused at the gun stores and in a series of text messages and pictures consulted Standard about every purchase. Standard used items he ordered online to construct a silencer for one of the weapons.
He was arrested in October 2016, following reports of domestic violence. While incarcerated at the Snohomish County Jail and later at the Federal Detention Center, Standard "sent coded emails and spoke in code on telephone calls to get a family member to retrieve a third pistol that was hidden in his pick-up truck." The conspirators called the gun a “CD player” and the family member confirmed he had retrieved it and was secreting it from law enforcement.
Standard had been prohibited from possessing firearms due to multiple prior convictions including two federal felonies. At trial Standard attedmpted to claim he had no access to the guns that his wife kept them locked away in gun safes. Text messages show that she had provided him with the lock code for one safe, and various witnesses testified that they saw Standard accessing the safes and with the guns at his disposal.
Standard faces up to ten years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm .