Bulletin Staff Report

A Madras man who was found guilty of robbing a bank on the day of the 2017 total solar eclipse and distributing methamphetamine was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Tuesday.

Tyler Wayne Fuller, 30, is the first of 11 defendants to be sentenced for his involvement in his father’s drug trafficking conspiracy, according to the Oregon District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, Fuller is the son of career criminal and known drug dealer Ronald Wayne Thrasher, 49, also of Madras.

In December 2016, Thrasher began giving his son methamphetamine to sell, and Fuller began distributing quarter- and half-pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout Central Oregon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In February 2017, Fuller attempted to rob his father of his methamphetamine supply, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. He was unsuccessful, which left Fuller without a supplier and income.

He continued selling drugs obtained from his father’s customers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In August 2017, Fuller robbed a U.S. Bank in Madras, collecting $517 in cash.

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.

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

Thrasher was convicted at trial in August 2019 for purchasing and transporting methamphetamine for distribution and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 4.

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