Robert Stanard, 42, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle to seven years in prison for four federal felonies.
The Stanwood man was convicted in January of illegally possessing two firearms, illegal possession of ammunition, illegal possession of an unregistered silencer and conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes.
Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez considered Stanard’s history of violent felonies and lying during his trial when imposing the sentence.
“You don’t get to take the stand and perjure yourself,” Martinez said. “That is offensive to our entire system of justice. … His false denials went to essential elements of his case.”
Stanard was prohibited from possessing firearms due to multiple prior convictions including two federal cases. In 2004, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for two unrelated crimes.
In March of 2001 in Utah, Stanard illegally possessed and fired an unregistered firearm during an argument with his cousin, with the bullet passing through the wall of a neighboring apartment. While awaiting trail for that crime, he traveled to Washington, where he first pistol-whipped a man in Port Angeles, and then plotted to use a pipe bomb to kill the man by blowing up the man’s long-stay motel. An alert Sequim Police officer stopped Stanard’s car due to a broken tail light and prevented the bombing.
According to case records and testimony at trial, Stanard repeatedly directed his wife in person and via text message to purchase firearms for his use — including an AR-15 assault rifle and a Ruger .380 handgun — and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. His wife was confused at the gun stores and consulted Stanard with texts and photos about every purchase. From parts purchased online, Stanard constructed a silencer for one of the weapons.
Stanard was arrested in October 2016, following reports of domestic violence, according to the report. While incarcerated at Snohomish County Jail and later at the Federal Detention Center, he communicated in code through coded emails and telephone calls to a family member to retrieve a third pistol hidden in his truck.