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Sirens & Gavels archive for Feb. 16, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

2-time bank robber sentenced to 10 years

A longtime fraud convict who robbed two Spokane banks in December 2009 is to spend a decade in prison. Michael R. Kent, 39, was sentenced to 129 months in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery. Kent also was ordered to…

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Man with 67 arrests pleads not guilty

A Spokane man who avoided prison as a teenager for his role in a murder because a judge believed he could be rehabilitated pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree burglary charge. If convicted, it would be his 10th felony since 2007. Nicholas Adam Limpert,…

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Cole Strandberg is restrained and fitted with a spit guard while leaving the courtroom for noon recess during his trial in Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday. The mesh guard was installed after Strandberg spit on his own attorney Monday. 
  (Christopher Anderson)

Strandberg to Bugbee: 'I have a wife' 

Accused killer Cole K. Strandberg has done little during the two days he's spent in Judge Tari Etizen's courtroom. But on Monday, he made sure his marital status was clear. After his lawyer, Chris Bugbee, (left) asked a neuropsychologist about discussions of Strandberg's mystical world…

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Judge Neal Rielly, now retired. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Judge remembers Byron Scherf well

The retired judge who sentenced a Spokane-area sex offender now suspected of murdering a corrections officer said he's "just heartsick for that poor woman." Retired Spokane County Superior Court Judge Neal Rielly (above) said Tuesday that he remembers Byron Scherf (right) very well and said…

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