The family of a 24-year-old woman shot by a man sentenced to 31 months in prison earlier this week following a January robbery attempt says they are angered they were not informed of the plea deal before it was approved.
But the victim advocate on the case said the woman who was shot declined to participate in the trial proceedings, and restitution was ordered to cover her medical bills.
"We didn't know anything about it," said Susan Debles, who identified herself as the grandmother of Brittnei J. Fawver. Fawver was shot three times in the chest by Jahvory Kinard during what investigators called a drug deal gone wrong Jan. 3. Debles said she sat by her granddaughter's side for a week as a tube sucked fluids out of her chest and kept her from suffocating. A bullet ricocheted off her rib, saving her life, Debles said.
"If that bullet would not have hit her rib, it would have pierced her heart and her lung," Debles said. "She would have drowned in her own blood."
Lori Sheeley, a victim advocate with the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office, said there were multiple attempts to reach Debles before the plea deal went through.
"We definitely did as much as we could, given the circumstances," Sheeley said.
Kinard - who is the older brother of Kenan Adams-Kinard, one of the teens accused in the fatal beating of 88-year-old Delbert Belton - pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree robbery in the case. The pleading was part of a deal to close two cases, the other an incident stemming from an armed standoff with a cab driver in September 2012, Kinard's attorney Steve Reich said Wednesday.
Debles said the family received notice of Kinard's sentencing in the mail two days after the pleading took place. She said the prosecutor in the case, Tom Treppiedi, was not returning her phone calls.
"You know he's going to do it again," Debles said of Kinard. "You can just tell by the look on his face. Next time, he's going to kill somebody."
Sheeley said Monday that Debles had not returned several messages.
Treppiedi was not immediately available for comment Friday.
After the shooting, Fawver served 73 days on a charge of money laundering that Debles said is unrelated to the drug deal. The 24-year-old is currently in custody of the Benton County Jail for a probation violation.