Newport man gets 16 months in prison after standoff with police

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NEWPORT — Derick Niles, 37, of Newport, was sentenced on Tuesday to 16 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.

Niles’s federal conviction arose from his September 25, 2013, confrontation with various law enforcement agencies from the roof of his Newport garage, armed with a rifle.

Niles had also ordered his teenage son into the woods with another loaded rifle to maintain a second firing position. The stand-off lasted about five hours.

Earlier this year, Niles pleaded guilty to the federal charge, and admitted being a drug user.

At the sentencing hearing on Tuesday, the Court rejected his argument that his actions could be partially excused by his drug use at the time of the confrontation. Niles has multiple prior misdemeanor convictions for various crimes during 1995-2014.

Niles has been in custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service since June of 2015. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the Newport Police Department.

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