August 20, 2013 in City

Spokane man gets 13 years in prison for May shooting

From staff reports
 

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A Spokane man will spend 13 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting death of another man at a north Spokane house in May.

Joshua J. Tillery, 34, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in Spokane County Superior Court on Tuesday. Tillery had been accused of second-degree murder after Devon Mack, 33, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head May 3 at 4508 N. Lincoln St.

A woman in the house at the time said Tillery, who goes by the nickname “Danger” and was wanted on charges of criminal trespassing and unlawful possession of a firearm at the time of the shooting, began arguing with Mack after returning to the home with groceries. She left the house to call 911 and heard a single gunshot. She returned to the house and found Tillery holding a gun, telling police Tillery said he hadn’t meant for the gun to go off. Court documents in the case said Tillery may been trying to pistol-whip Mack when the gun fired.

Tillery was arrested without incident 5 days after the May 3 shooting at a house about 2 miles away.

Hearings in the case were repeatedly delayed by Tillery, who complained of illness after being taken into custody. He eventually pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges later in May. Tillery has been detained at the Spokane County Jail since his arrest.

A Spokane County Superior Judge sentenced him to 162 months in prison following his pleading Tuesday morning.

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