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6-month spree nets 68 months, 17 felonies

A six-month crime spree that earned a Spokane man a spot in the city’s list of most active criminals also earned him 17 felony convictions and nearly six years in prison.

Aleksey Y. Solodyankin, 31, was sentenced Friday to 68 months in prison. He’s been in Spokane County Jail since April, when police arrested him after a wild pursuit that took spike strips, a dozen officers and two tries of force over two miles to halt.

Solodyankin was arrested for vehicle prowling in September, then again Dec. 16 after police say they followed his footsteps from a stolen car to a Spokane Valley bar after a chase.

He was picked up again in January after he was charged with two December burglaries in which stolen vehicles rammed storefronts. He also was charged for a Dec. 20 chase with a Washington State Patrol trooper. He never posted bail after his April arrest.

Now Solodyankin’s bound for a state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree malicious mischief, two counts of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, three counts of attempt to elude, two counts of possession of meth, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, and one count of first-degree vehicle prowling.

His sentences for the charges will be served at the same time; his maximum sentence was the high-end of the standard range for second-degree burglary, 68 months

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