October 28, 2010 in City

Elton sentenced to time served


A man convicted of harassing the Spokane City Council president and the chairwoman of the company that owns The Spokesman-Review was sentenced Wednesday to credit for time already served in jail.

David H. Elton, 44, will be on unsupervised probation for two years. He was sentenced to a year in jail with 351 days suspended. Elton spent two weeks in jail after his arrest in February 2009.

A jury convicted him Oct. 8 of misdemeanor harassment against Council President Joe Shogan and Cowles Co. chairwoman Betsy Cowles for e-mails sent in December 2008 and February 2009.

Prosecutors had sought felony convictions against Elton for threats to kill, but the jury ruled the victims did not reasonably fear for their lives.

A third charge alleging Elton harassed his ex-wife has been dismissed.

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