Post archive for ‘Stevens County Prosecutor Desk’

Prosecutors Desk 4-20-14 Legislative changes in 2014 in Olympia(0)

The dust has settled at the Legislative session in Olympia.  There have been  some changes made in important criminal law areas, but Governor Inslee vetoed some of the items passed by the legislature. This is a brief summary of some of the changes in criminal law that have been passed by the legislature and signed [...]

Prosecutors Desk 4-6-14 Juvenile Law(Comments Off)

There has been an important change in the way Washington law treats the most serious juvenile offenders.  The change in the law was the result of a recent decision by the U. S. Supreme Court in a case called Miller vs. Alabama.  That decision ruled that mandatory automatic life sentences for juveniles convicted of the [...]

Prosecutors Desk 3-30-14 Domestic Violence(Comments Off)

On Tuesday, March 25, Joseph R Dean of Valley, Washington was sentenced in Superior Court.  He previously pleaded guilty as charged to a Felony Assault on a Child and a gross misdemeanor 4th degree Assault Domestic Violence on an adult. These charges arose out of an assault that occurred on February 6.  Deputies were called [...]

Prosecutors desk 2-23-14(Comments Off)

On Tuesday of last week there were sentencing hearings on two defendants. The two were Eric Harris and Joshua Edwards. Eric Harris was sentenced for the Second-degree murder of his brother in June of 2013. Mr. Edwards was sentenced as a result of convictions in two separate back-to-back jury trials that arose out of a [...]

Prosecutors Desk 2-16-14(Comments Off)

The Washington Department of Corrections, in its never ending battle to reduce the cost of housing people in Washington prisons has dreamed up another approach: don’t send folks to prison at all! This involves SB 6327, which has passed out of the Senate Human Services and Corrections committee. This misguided bill removes the restriction on [...]

Trial of Joshua Edwards(Comments Off)

Last week at the conclusion of a jury trial, Joshua John Edwards was convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Making a False Statement to an Officer and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. The charges arose out of a traffic infraction stop by a Colville City Police officer last December. The problem arose when Mr. [...]

Mr. Manlove Sentencing(Comments Off)

Last Tuesday, a sentencing hearing was held on David Manlove. He was convicted the previous week by a jury of several counts related to the destruction and damage he caused in the course of a burglary of a remote residence in the northern portion of the county. Judge Nielson presided over the hearing. Lech Radzimski [...]

Three Courtrooms at Once(Comments Off)

Last week two important cases were resolved by jury decisions. In the first, a jury convicted Eric Harris of Second degree Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the killing of his brother Larch last June 23. The trial took seven full days and the jury heard from about 26 witnesses in all. Superior [...]

Felony DUI law(Comments Off)

Last week after a man was arrested for DUI, we ran record checks through the NCIC database and discovered that he had 9 prior DUI convictions under several different names. These convictions were spread out over many years. Some occurred out of state and were felonies, but only two were within the past 7 years. [...]

Dog Killing(Comments Off)

Not long ago, I received a call from a resident of our county regarding the fact that someone had shot his dog. The dog was a female Husky that he had with him while he was out cutting wood. The dog had wandered a little ways away while he was busy with cutting and gathering [...]