East Wenatchee man who threatened to kill police officer sentenced for illegal possession of weapons

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An East Wenatchee man who threatened to kill the police officer who shot and killed his cousin in 2016 has been sentenced to five and a half years in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms and improvised grenades.

Michael R. Ayers, 53, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Spokane after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms and explosives, as well as possession of unregistered firearms.

U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Harrington said Ayers was obtaining firearms through straw purchases made by his then-girlfriend.

Ayers was sentenced in 2017 to three months in jail after publicly threatening to kill Kaiti Wilkins, a former East Wenatchee police officer, over her fatal shooting of 25-year-old Cameron Ayers. Wilkins was fired from the force after the shooting was determined to be “not clearly justifiable.”

When police searched his mobile home they found, among other weapons, two short-barreled rifles, a rifle receiver, a rifle-mounted flare launcher and five improvised grenades loaded with black powder and BBs that were designed to be fired from the flare launcher.