Woman sentenced in federal court, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Woman sentenced in federal court, found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
William O. Douglas United States Courthouse  

Tanaya Janita Tromblee was sentenced today in federal court to up to 46 months in prison after she was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Yakama Nation land.

In 2017, the 33-year-old woman was driving drunk and high on meth when she ran a stop sign in Wapato and hit a pickup truck. The truck’s passenger, Christie Wingardner, died.

Through tears, Tromblee apologized to the family of the 59 year old Zillah woman she killed.

Tromblee’s attorney told the judge that she has been introspective since the crash, and has asked for mental health services while in custody. She said she hopes she can be done with her long-term problem with drug and alcohol abuse.

According to court documents, Tromblee has had several encounters with law enforcement since she was 13 years old, and almost all of her prior arrests were alcohol or drug related, including two drunk driving convictions. The judge said Tromblee has been given a number of breaks and hasn’t taken any steps until now to make changes in her life.

The judge said Tromblee seems sincere in her remorse. He also acknowledged her experience of violence and lack of supervision as a child growing up in foster care.

In addition to her nearly four-year long prison sentence, Tromblee was sentenced to three years of probation upon her release. She was ordered to pay $182,213.21 in restitution as well.