David A. Oney Jr., 35, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in federal prison after selling more than 100 grams of methamphetamine during three transactions to a police informant.
While he was held in the Ada County Jail since his arrest, Oney, a self-proclaimed member of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, threatened the life of a deputy and struck a fellow inmate in the head, among other violations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty in March to one count of distributing methamphetamine.
Oney had faced up to life in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill sentenced him to the mininum term.
Prosecutors were especially troubled by Oney bringing his young daughter with him to one of the transactions.
“Drug deals are dangerous environments for both drug sellers and purchasers, much less young children. By bringing his daughter with him, the defendant demonstrates a severe lack of judgment,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Malek wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “The defendant’s behavior illustrates his willingness to complete a drug deal at almost any cost.”
Oney has a long criminal history, with felony convictions for grand theft by possession in 2003, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2008 and leaving the scene of an injury accident in 2010.
Federal prosecutors in an unrelated California case targeting the Vagos gang described it as one of the largest and most powerful biker gangs in the country.
This case was investigated by the Treasure Valley Metro Violent Crime Task Force, which includes federal, state and local agencies.