HERMISTON - The father of a girl who died of a gunshot wound on Christmas Eve pleaded not guilty to charges related to keeping firearms illegally.
Umatilla County Judge Garry Reynolds arraigned Michael Vane Ostrom, 39, Monday on two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa said Ostrom plead not guilty.
Ostrom's charges were related to the events on Dec. 24 of last year, when his 12-year-old daughter, Lacey, was allegedly shot in their Sagebrush Road home. Lacey's 10-year-old brother was in the room with her when she allegedly was shot around 3 p.m. Lacey died later that evening in a Portland hospital.
Police said they found two shotguns in the Ostrom household. Ostrom is not legally permitted to own firearms after a burglary felony conviction in 1992.
Oregon State Police troopers arrested Ostrom on Jan. 12 after a grand jury issued an indictment on Jan. 11, Gushwa previously said.
After his arrest, Ostrom was taken to the Umatilla County Jail, where he was lodged at 8:36 p.m. and released at 8:56 p.m. due to overcrowding.
Reynolds set a hearing date of March 19 for Ostrom's pretrial.