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Tyler Fuller, 30, sold methamphetamine, and robbed local bank on day of total eclipse.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tyler FullerTyler Wayne Fuller, 30, of Madras, was sentenced Sept. 17, to 10 years in federal prison and three years' supervised release for his role in a Central Oregon methamphetamine distribution conspiracy and for robbing a Madras bank.

According to court documents, Fuller is the son of career criminal and known drug dealer Ronald Wayne Thrasher, 49, also of Madras. By age 28, Fuller had his own extensive criminal history and had spent the majority of his adulthood incarcerated.

In December 2016, after Fuller was released from federal prison, Thrasher began giving his son methamphetamine to sell. Within a month, Thrasher was supplying and Fuller was distributing quarter- and half-pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon.

In February 2017, Fuller's volatile relationship with his father led to a confrontation. Armed with a pistol, Fuller unsuccessfully attempted to rob his father of his methamphetamine supply.

The resulting estrangement left Fuller without a supplier and illicit income. Then homeless, he continued selling drugs obtained from his father's customers.

On Aug. 21, 2017 — the day of the eclipse — Fuller robbed a U.S. Bank in Madras, collecting $517 in cash. Authoritites contended that Fuller chose that day because he felt traffic would be thick and that police would not be able to quickly respond to the scene. Fuller, who was a suspect in the robbery from when it was first reported, wasn't caught until three days later.

On Aug. 24, 2017, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies, acting on a tip, stopped a sport utility vehicle on Highway 361. Fuller, who was a passenger in the vehicle, which had two other passengers plus the driver, was arrested without incident.

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Michael J. McShane ordered Fuller to pay $517 in restitution to U.S. Bank and forfeit any property or proceeds derived from his drug trafficking activities.

On April 25, 2018, Fuller pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of methamphetamine and bank robbery.

Thrasher was convicted at trial in August for purchasing and transporting methamphetamine for distribution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced on Feb. 4, 2020.

Fuller is the first of 11 defendants to be sentenced for their involvement in his father's drug trafficking conspiracy. One defendant, Russell Marvin Jones, 53, of Gresham, was convicted at trial alongside his father. Nine others pleaded guilty. All are scheduled to be sentenced in the next six months before Judge McShane.

The case was investigated by Central Oregon Drug Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Oregon State Police. It was prosecuted Frank R. Papagni Jr. and Judi Harper, assistant U.S. attorneys for the District of Oregon, with the assistance of the Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes County district attorney's offices.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice's violent crime reduction efforts.

PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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