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Cops: Brawl led to witness intimidation

An early-morning brawl left a Spokane man unconscious with a 6-inch gash on his head, police say.

Joshua L. Schmidt, 28, and Christopher M. Martin, 26, beat Eric W. Ledoux after Ledoux called Schmidt a profane name while they were in a car May 10 about 3:38 a.m.

The car stopped and Schmidt pulled the victim from the backseat at 2518 E. South Altamont Blvd. and punched and kicked him unconscious as Martin threatened two passengers and told them not to say anything.

The defendants and victim had just met that night, witnesses told police.

Witnesses said Martin prevented anyone from helping Ledoux, who was treated at a hospital for cuts and gashes, including a shoe print on his bottom chin. Police arrived to find Ledoux covered in blood with his face badly swollen; Schmidt had swollen knuckles and Martin had blood spots on his shoes.

Both suspects were booked into jail.

Martin pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted first-degree assault and three counts of intimidating a witness. Schmidt pleaded not guilty today to attempted first-degree assault.

Accused would-be killer jailed, again

A suspect in a stabbing that left a man with a cut on his throat from ear to ear is back in jail after detectives say he tried to intimidate witnesses in the case.

 Izaac Jermel Innes, who is on probation for second-degree murder, called several people after his arrested and asked them to try to persuade witnesses to change their stories, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday.

Innes, who was free on $50,000 bond, was arrested Tuesday night and appeared in Superior Court on Wednesday, where Judge Michael Price set his new bail at $100,000 for intimidating a witness and two counts of tampering with a witness.

Innes, a self-proclaimed member of the Deuce Avenue Crips, also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted first-degree murder for the alleged incident outside a party in the 12700 block of East 31st Ave. April 2.

Innes, 30, was released from prison in January after serving time for a second-degree murder conviction from 2003.

Past coverage:

April 8: Convicted killer charged w/ attempted murder

Dead killer’s accomplice gets 27 months

An accomplice to the murder of a state witness in 2008 has been sentenced to just over two years in prison.

Carl A. Hoskins, 58, will receive credit for time served in jail, where he was incarcerated from May 2008 until August 2009, when prosecutors allowed him to leave jail after agreeing to a tentative plea bargain.

Hoskins agreed to testify again Christopher Devlin but never was called to the stand during the trial last summer. Devlin died at the Spokane County Jail in September in an apparent suicide. He’d been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole a few days earlier.

Devlin was to go to trial for allegedly assaulting Daniel D. Heily, 52, of Chattaroy, when Heily was found shot to death in the cab of his pickup truck behind a Deer Park liquor store in May 2008.

Hoskins originally was charged with first-degree murder but instead pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, intimidating a witness and first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque sentenced him Monday to 27 months in prison and ordered him to pay $1,434 in restitution.

Hoskins, who was close friends with Heily, apologized at the hearing. Heily’s family declined to submit a victim impact statement for Hoskins, saying they felt he, too, was victimized by Devlin, a court clerk said.

New charges for gangster serving 18 years

A gang member already sentenced to 18 years in prison in a harassment case that included threats to a Spokane elementary school faces new harassment charges.

“I’m not saying nothing, your honor,” said Larry Glenn “Tiny Loc” Gatewood, 36, when Superior Court Judge Greg Sypolt asked him to enter a plea to new charges of making harassing telephone calls, harassment and intimidation of a witness during an arraignment this afternoon. Gatewood also faces new forgery and second-degree theft charges for an incident in July 2008.

Sypolt entered ‘not guilty’ pleas for Gatewood. Gatewood took issue with the public defender’s office and said he’s “trying to represent myself.”

Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla emphasized that Gatewood’s requests need to be put in the form of motions supported by affidavits.

Gatewood is accused of making harassing phone calls to witnesses who testified against him at a court hearing in February. The calls came just after Gatewood was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Gatewood was wanted by police in fall 2008 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s children and making a threatening call that briefly locked down Logan Elementary School. He also for months made harassing phone calls to his estranged wife at home and at work, some in the presence of Spokane police officers.

The longtime felon’s past convictions include felony assault, possession of stolen property, riot and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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