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Shooting at girl’s room gets man 79 mos

A man who fired a gun into an apartment room where a toddler was sleeping was sentenced this morning to about 6 1/2 months in prison. 

Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, was arrested about a month after the shooting in a fiery car crash that saw a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy pull his passenger to safety.

Bledsaw pleaded guilty today to second-degree assault with a deadly weapons enhancement, two more counts of second-degree assault and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. Spokane County  Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza ordered him to serve 79 months in prison.

Police say Bledsaw was intoxicated on Feb. 27 when he fired shots into an apartment at 15917 E. Sprague Ave., after a couple complained to police about noise. One of the bullets struck a metal bed post and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl.

Bledsaw has previous convictions for drugs. He also was convicted of first-degree malicious mischief in Spokane County after crashing into several cars while fleeing a state trooper in 2004. (The picture up top is from that arrest.)

Bledsaw has a charge of attempting to elude arrest that has not yet been resolved, Cozza said.

Shooting suspect arrested after fiery crash

A man accused of a shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping toddler was arrested after a fiery car crash Friday night.

Joseph L. Bledsaw, 25, rolled his 1997 Pontiac on Sprague Avenue beneath Interstate 90 after police Officer Chuck Sciortino and Reserve Deputy Bill Duffy tried stopping him on suspicion of speeding near Sprague and Havana about 9:10 p.m., according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

The Pontiac struck a median at Sprague and Havana, and it rolled several times, ejecting Bledsaw. His passenger, Tanya M. Roybal, 26, also was injured.

Roybal was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant. Bledsaw faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a Feb. 27 shooting at the King’s Square Apartment, 15917 E. Sprague.

Police say Bledsaw fired shots into an apartment after a couple complained to police about noise. One of the bullets struck a metal bed post and landed on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw and Roybal were taken to a hospital before being booked into jail.

Bledsaw has a previous conviction for first-degree malicious mischief, as well as a drug conviction in Kootenai County.

Read more: Suspect ID’d in shooting that nearly hit child

Suspect ID’d in shooting that nearly hit child

A 24-year-old man who last lived in Hayden, Idaho, has been identified as a suspect in a February shooting in which a bullet landed near a sleeping 3-year-old girl.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of Joseph L. Bledsaw, who has felony convictions in Spokane and Kootenai Counties. Spokane Valley police say Bledsaw and another man confronted a couple at 15917 E. Sprague Ave. on Feb. 27 about a noise complaint.

Bledsaw was armed, police say, and when the couple retreated inside he fired shots into the apartment wall. One of the bullets passed through the exterior wall a few feet off the floor, striking a metal bed post and landing on the blankets covering a 3-year-old girl, police said.

Bledsaw is wanted on charged of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a firearm because of a previous felony conviction.

He was sentenced to about one year to four years in prison in Idaho in 2004 on three counts of drug possession. He also was convicted of first-degree malicious mischief in Spokane County after crashing into several cars while fleeing a state trooper, according to news archives. (The picture above is from his arrest. Read the story here.)

Bledsaw was listed as a Hayden resident when convicted of violating a no-contact order in July 2009, but Crime Stoppers listed him as a transient in a news release last week.

If you have any information about where he is, call Crime Stoppers at (509) 327-5111 or (800) 222-TIPS, or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give a name but should provide a code name or number.

Past coverage: Shooter who nearly hit toddler still at large

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