Onamia man convicted of illegal firearms possession during assault on Leech Lake

A federal jury found an Onamia man guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.

According to a release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger, 36-year-old Justin Cutbank was convicted after a four-day trial.

According to the evidence presented in the trial, in November 2020, Leech Lake Tribal Police responded to the report that Cutbank had physically assaulted a woman, held her at gunpoint, threatened to kill her, and then fled into the woods.

As officers collected the victim’s statement, a neighbor reported that Cutbank had barricaded himself in their garage and refused to leave.

Cutbank was ultimately apprehended, and a search of the wooded area the next day found a rifle with no serial number and the victim’s cell phone.

Cutbank has multiple prior felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing guns or ammo.

His sentencing date has not yet been announced.

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