Omak man sentenced to probation in I-1639 threat on Spokane sheriff

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Jaydin Ledford, left, and Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich

SPOKANE — An Omak man who threatened Washington sheriffs online for refusal to enforce Washington firearms law received a five-year probation sentence this week.

Jaydin Harvey Wesley Ledford, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in February to one count of making threats by interstate communication, after posting on Facebook last year that he would shoot Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson imposed his probationary sentence Wednesday.

Knezovich was among a handful of Washington sheriffs who claimed that  I-1639, the state’s voter-approved restriction on firearms purchases, was unconstitutional; some said they would not attempt to enforce it. Ledford’s Facebook threats mentioned those sheriffs generally and Knezovich specifically, saying “O.K. is gonna get a bullet in his skull.”

Ledford, who has autism and other disabilities, was initially indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of threats by interstate communication and one of cyberstalking. Two of the three charges were disposed of with his plea.

Ledford could have faced up to five years in federal prison, but defense attorneys and prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to recommend the probationary term instead.