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Tue., June 2, 2009, 6:07 p.m.

‘I’m ashamed to be an officer of this court’

A high-profile OxyContin robbery case that drew sanctions against the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office and allegations of a state witness framing the defendants earned a young man nearly 26 years in prison today.

It was an emotional day in court as Tyler W. Gassman's lawyer, David Partovi, called the sentence "the worst thing I've ever seen come out of the courts."

“I don’t know what to say,” Partovi told Superior Court Judge Michael Price. “I just want the record to reflect and mankind to know that this is the worst thing I’ve ever seen come out of the courts. For the first time in my entire career, I’m ashamed to be an officer of this court.”

Reporter Thomas Clouse attended the sentencing before Superior Court Judge Michael Price. Read his story here.

Read past coverage of the case here.




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