Father of MPHS shooter reports to prison in California

SEATTLE — Raymond Fryberg has begun serving his time at a federal prison in California.

Fryberg, 42, was convicted of gun crimes in connection with the shootings his son perpetrated at Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2014.

Fryberg was given a February deadline to turn himself in after being sentenced in January to two years behind bars. He is now an inmate at the Lompoc Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security prison in Southern California, according to a government database.

Fryberg was booked Feb. 17, said Justin Long, a spokesman for the federal prison system.

The judge had recommended Fryberg be imprisoned in Oregon, closer to his family. It is common for prison placements to change after sentencing, officials said Tuesday.

Fryberg on Jan. 21 filed a notice with the courts that he plans to appeal the conviction.

He has until late April to submit the required paperwork. His attorney did not return a phone call Tuesday afternoon.

A U.S. District Court jury last fall convicted Fryberg on six counts of illegal firearm possession. Fryberg was not allowed to have guns, the result of a 2002 domestic-violence court order.

Fryberg was found to have illegally owned the gun that his son, Jaylen, used to shoot five of his friends, killing four of them, before taking his own life in a school cafeteria.

Attorneys representing the families of the high school shooting victims filed a claim earlier this year against Fryberg and the Marysville School District seeking up to $110 million in damages. The claim is a precursor to a lawsuit.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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