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Spokane teen’s crimes don’t surprise judge

A short crime spree by a Spokane teenager earned him 22 months in prison today as the family of a man he was convicted of helping kill looked on. 

Christopher E. Hooper, 19, said he hopes to turn his life around but said, “I don’t have really no goals going for myself right now because I don’t really know how to do anything.” He vowed to seek drug treatment and finish school.

Judge Richard B. White, who sentenced Hooper to the maximum term recommended by prosecutors, told him to work hard and be careful in prison.

“I don’t think anyone’s really surprised by the family background that you have that you’re going to be in prison, too,” White said.

Hooper told White that his mother is in prison for assault and he doesn’t often see his father. He knew he was on the wrong path, but “I didn’t really have any feelings for it, because I was busy getting high.”

Hooper’s charges stem from police finding drugs on him after stopping him on suspicion of vehicle prowling. He was arrested again a few days later after he crashed a stolen car filled with stolen property on state Route 291 near Rutter Parkway.

Hooper pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance (methylene), possession of a stolen motor vehicle, second-degree burglary and second-degree possession of stolen property. He’ll serve the sentences at the same time; the stiffest was second-degree burglary, which carried 17-22 months. The plea deal drops several charges of possession of stolen property. Deputy Prosecutor Bob Sergeant said Hooper’s required restitution to victims could be as high as $15,000.

Hooper’s public defender, Mark Hannibal, said Hooper has “at least figured out that the path he was on before this point was not a good path.”

“He didn’t want to fight about what he had or hadn’t done,” Hannibal said. “He wanted to accept responsibility and make some changes.” Hooper has a second-degree assault conviction for the January 2009 death of Shannon A. Cochran. Hooper handed the knife to Cochran’s killer, Michael L. Summa. Summa is serving eight years for manslaughter.

Cochran’s family, including his mother, Tracey, attended Hooper’s sentencing today.

“At least he’s back in jail,” she said after the hearing.

Past coverage:

Aug. 9: Warrant issued for teen after 3 jail releases

July 7: Teen back in jail after 2nd arrest in 6 days

July 2: Accomplice in fatal stabbing jailed again

Warrant issued for teen after 3 jail releases

A Spokane teen who said he was high on meth when he handed a knife to an assailant-turned-killer two years ago is wanted again, this time for a stolen property case that began when he crashed an Eastern Washington University basketball player’s stolen car. 

Christopher E. Hooper, 19, is charged with five counts of second-degree possession of stolen property, one count of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Hooper was arrested three times last month but continued to leave jail because charges weren’t filed within 72 hours.

Now that prosecutors have issued arrest warrants, Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to Hooper’s capture. (And with that offer comes a new mug shot. Kid’s really growing up.)

Hooper was arrested in early July with prescription drugs and suspected burglary tools, then again July 6 after state troopers said he crashed a Honda Accord that had been stolen from an Eastern Washington University women’s basketball player July 3.

Hooper was allowed to leave jail pending trial but was arrested again July 14 on new stolen property charges, along with 18-year-old Bowe T. Frank. A 17-year-old boy also was arrested that day after a standoff at 2510 W. Boone. (A search warrant shows Washington State Patrol detectives had heard the boy may have been a person of interest in the unsolved homicide of Nathan “Trigger” Gilstrap, but Spokane police say there’s no connection.)

Hooper left jail again after prosecutors didn’t file charges within 72 hours. New warrants were issued July 23.

Hooper already is on probation after in April in connection with the January 2009 murder of Shannon A. Cochran.

Anyone with information on Hooper’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters don’t have to leave their name to collect a reward but should leave a code name or number.

Car w/ stolen loot leads to police standoff

A police standoff in West Central Spokane closed part of Boone Avenue today as Washington State Patrol detectives arrested a suspect in dozens of vehicle prowlings. 

The investigation began July 6 after a troopers found stolen property in a Honda Accord that had been stolen from an Eastern Washington University women’s basketball player July 3, said WSP Sgt. Dave Bolton.

The Accord’s driver, 19-year-old Christopher E. Hooper, was arrested that day for possession of a stolen motor vehicle after police say he crashed the Accord on state Route 291 near Rutter Parkway.

Hooper was allowed to leave jail pending trial but was arrested again today on new stolen property charges, Bolton said. Also arrested earlier today was Bowe T. Frank, 18. He faces a second-degree theft charge related to property found in the car.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested after the standoff at 2510 W. Boone this afternoon.

Hooper already is on probation after in April in connection with the January 2009 murder of Shannon A. Cochran. His July 6 arrest came just a few days after Spokane police arrested him with prescription drugs and suspected burglary tools.

Teen back in jail after 2nd arrest in 6 days

A teenager convicted of assault for his role in a fatal stabbing last year is back behind bars after his second felony arrest in a week.

Released on his own recognizance last Friday on a drug charge, Christopher E. Hooper, 19, was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly crashed a stolen Honda Accord on state Route 291 near Rutter Parkway Road. The Honda had been discovered stolen early Saturday from the 5800 block of N. F. Street.

Witnesses said Hooper lost control of the Honda as he drove northbound on the highway and collided with a rock embankment. Hooper “was acting unusual and very nervous, wanting to get away from the scene,” according to court documents.

Washington State Patrol detectives are sorting through a large amount of property found in the car, some already identified as loot from vehicle prowlings. Hooper was treated for minor injures at Providence Sacred Heart before being booked into jail for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. His bond was set at $2,500.

Police already suspect Hooper of vehicle prowlings - he was arrested early July 1 after police patrolling for vehicle prowlers said he lied about his identity and was found with burglary tools and prescription drugs.

Hooper already is on probation after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in April in connection with the January 2009 murder of Shannon A. Cochran. The teen said he was high on methamphetamine when he handed Michael L. Summa the knife that Summa used to kill Cochran.

Accomplice in fatal stabbing jailed again

A teenager who blamed his methamphetamine addiction for his role in a fatal stabbing last year returned to jail Thursday on suspicion of drug possession and vehicle prowling.

Police say Christopher E. Hooper, 19, lied to police about his identity but granted them permission to search his backpack, where they found a prescription pill bottle with his true name, according to an affidavit filed in Superior Court.

Police had been paroling the area of North Martin Street and East Rich Avenue about 2 a.m. Thursday after a rash of vehicle prowlings when they spotted Hooper dressed in dark clothing “ducking behind cars when the patrol car approached,” according to the affidavit. He first told police his name was Chris E. Collins “and removed shaved keys and a mini flashlight from his pants pockets in an attempt to prove he was not lying about his name.”

Police found prescription drugs, along with rubber gloves, cell phones “and other vehicle prowling items” in Hooper’s backpack, according to the affidavit.

He was booked only on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and was released on his own recognizance by Judge Michael Price. Hooper left jail about 3 a.m. today, records show.

Hooper already is on probation after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in April in connection with the January 2009 murder of Shannon A. Cochran.

Hooper said he was high on methamphetamine when he handed Michael L. Summa the knife that Summa used to kill Cochran. Hooper was sentenced on April 22 to a year in jail but credited for about 10 months already served.

Summa pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in May and was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison with credit for 562 days served in jail.

An accomplice, Tylor T. Buttolph, 19; was sentenced to five years in prison last month after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

Teen in fatal stabbing pleads to assault

A teen arrested in a fatal stabbing will spend a few more months in jail after pleading guilty today to second-degree assault. 

Christopher E. Hooper, 19, (left) was arrested after the Jan. 16 stabbing death of Shannon Cochran, 22. Cochran is pictured above with his mother, Tracey.

Hooper was sentenced today to 12 months in prison with credit for time served in jail.

Police say Hooper was with Tylor T. Buttolph, 19, and Michael L. Summa, 20, and Summa fatally stabbed Cochran near Garland and Helena as he defended a friend in a fight over a drug debt. Hooper handed Summa the knife, prosecutors say. Hooper said he was high on methamphetamine at the time. Read more from the sentencing here.

Buttolph (left) and Summa (right) are charged with second-degree murder and remain in jail.

Buttolph’s father, Daniel R. Wood, was convicted last year of first-degree rending criminal assistance for helping the defendants. Buttolph’s mother, Tanya Buttolph, also is charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Her trial is scheduled for May. 

After the stabbing, police say the men called Wood, who picked them up in a car. As the group climbed into Wood’s vehicle, Buttolph asked Summa “why he stabbed Shannon Cochran so many times,” according to court documents.

Past coverage:

Oct. 15, 2009: Warrant issued for teen in murder case

Jan. 26, 2009: Final suspects in homicide arrested

Jan. 21, 2009: Stabbing victim died standing up for friend

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