Local events

Author Nancy Bartley

Presenting “The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff: The Redemption of Herbert Niccolls Jr.” In 1931, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed the sheriff of Asotin, Washington.The incident stunned the small town and a mob threatened to hang him. Both the crime and Herbert Niccolls’ eventual sentence of life imprisonment at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla drew national attention, only to be buried later in local archives. Journalist Nancy Bartley has conducted extensive research to construct a compelling narrative of the events and characters that make this a unique episode in the history of criminal justice in the United States.