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Sirens & Gavels sentencings archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Robber gets 41 years for '92 murder

A serial bank robber and protected federal witness has been sentenced to 41 years in prison for the 1992 murder of a Spokane Valley furniture store owner. Patrick Kevin Gibson, 60, was convicted of first-degree murder of the Nov. 7, 1992, shooting death of Brian...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

Man, 78, sent to prison for pot dealing

A 78-year-old man who allowed drug traffickers to use his property just south of the Canadian border in Ferry County will spend 2 1/2 years in federal prison, a judge ruled Thursday. Alvin Oliver Shields had 700 pounds of marijuana on his property when federal...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

Idaho killer returns to prison for assault

A convicted killer who left prison in 2008 is headed back there after a jury in southwest Idaho convicted him of assaulting a family member with a large knife. Donald Leonard Houser, 39, was living in Plummer in 1995 when he shot his former girlfriend,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Woman gets 18 1/2 years for murder

The woman convicted of killing a Spokane man in December has been sentenced to 18 ½ years in prison. Melinda R. Barrera, 32, was convicted last month of killing Robert A. Nelson following a bizarre altercation where Barrera was struck in the face with a...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Taco truck protestor gets 7 years for guns 

A Whitman County man who bragged about being involved with racist taco-truck protests in Kootenai County has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for unlawful gun possession. Jeremiah Daniel "J.D." Hop's lawyer, Roger Peven, asked for him to receive between 15 and 21...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2012

Edwards arrestee appeals sentence 

A Spokane methamphetamine dealer ordered to spend 15 years in federal prison is trying to get his sentence overturned, in part because it was investigated by a now-fired Spokane police officer. David Brian Hill’s request is the latest twist in an investigation into potentially questionable...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

Home-invasion robber gets 10 years 

A robber who fled a north Spokane home after being struck with a sword has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in prison. Nathan T. McDaniels, 28, alias Gardner, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary and two counts of first-degree robbery and was...

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Court overturns Idaho man's convictions

BOISE - A Kootenai County man has been cleared of three felony charges, after the Idaho Court of Appeals ruled a jury didn’t have sufficient evidence to conclude he had a gun when he angrily confronted friends of his ex-girlfriend in 2010 after vandalizing their...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

Gun thief gets more time than murderer

A Stevens County judge on Tuesday sentenced a convicted gun thief to 125 years in prison — a term that’s about 100 years longer than the sentences handed down to three others for a murder committed using one of the stolen guns. Superior Court Judge...

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Woman sentenced for fatal hit and run 

A 21-year-old woman who drove away after fatally striking a Spokane pedestrian earlier this year has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison. Hannah K. Hahn is to serve 31 months behind bars with credit for 180 days already served. She pleaded guilty Friday...

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Man gets 15 years for child sex abuse 

A Wenatchee man who sexually abused a 6-year-old girl and broadcasted it live on the Internet has been sentenced in Spokane to 15 years in federal prison. Scott J. Martin, 49, abused the girl at the direction of Christian Webb, a former Minot, North Dakota,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

Pot thief shot in head sent to prison 

A Spokane man who was shot in the head while trying to steal marijuana plants from a home last fall has sentenced to prison. Joseph A. Gariepy, 41, was shot by Darcee Kapfer as he and Raymond Paul Bates, 49, tried to steal marijuana plants...

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Crime Stoppers seeks drug rehab quitter

A man arrested for breaking into a car in downtown Spokane last summer is wanted by Crime Stoppers for dropping out of drug addiction treatment. Glen Wayne O'Brien, 35, was jailed earlier this year for failing to comply with a sentence for a felony drug...

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

Plea hinges on murder trial testimony

A 20-year-old woman originally charged with a death penalty eligible crime for the brutal murder of a Spokane man faces 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 years in prison if she follows a plea agreement approved today. Breeanna C. Sims (pictured left) is to testify at...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

Man in Facebook robbery gets 15 years

A 23-year-old man who robbed a boy lured to Spokane through Facebook avoid a life prison sentence recently when a judge approved a plea deal. David Michael Martinez was sentenced to 15 years in prison for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree assault....

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

Woman gets 10 years for shooting

A woman who shot a man three times after he accidentally hit her with a half-pint bottle has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Leona Sutton, 34, is a methamphetamine addict who federal prosecutors say is very dangerous. "Defendant's livelihood has been a...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

Lawyer cites Pirtles' 'victim mentality'

A member of a Spokane family that claims police target them because of their relation to a notorious double murderer is heading to federal prison, and his lawyer says his parents' "victim mentality" is partially to blame. Jayce Leon Elton Pirtle, Jr., 24, was sentenced...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012

Feds oppose Thompson prison delay

Federal prosecutors appear to be growing frustrated with the ongoing delays that have kept convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. out of prison. Eight months have passed since a jury convicted Thompson of using excessive force and lying to investigators in the 2006...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Intermodal shooter gets 82 years

A man convicted of trying to kill two Spokane police officers a decade ago was resentenced last week to 82 years in prison after his case was returned on appeal. Jason A. Graham, 31, will be given credit for the nine years he has already...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012

Rape suspect wanted after skipping plea 

UPDATE: Green is no longer wanted. He appeared in court and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. The rape charge was dismissed. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that lead to the arrest of an accused rapist who missed his scheduled plea hearing. J....

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Racist beat up by own victim sentenced

A skinhead beat up by a black man he was harassing in North Idaho last year has been sentenced to three to five years in prison. Judge Benjamin Simpson retained jurisdiction over Daren Christopher Abbey, which means he'll go through counseling with the Idaho Department...

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Final kidnapping suspect sentenced

The final of five suspects pleaded guilty Thursday to kidnapping in connection with a case where a woman was tied up in a Spokane hotel and had her head shaved before being dumped in a rock pit by her assailants. Desiree N. Walling, 31, pleaded...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Mobster's girlfriend may appeal sentence

By DENISE LAVOIE,AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON (AP) — The day after the longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping him while he was on the run, her lawyer filed a notice in court saying she...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Insurance agent gets 2 years for fraud

A former insurance agent and executive director of the Spokane Food Bank has been sentenced to two years in prison for fraud. James K. Sokolis, 56, is to be on probation for three years after his release and pay about $356,000 restitution, which is the...

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Chronic DUI suspect Crabtree sentenced 

A chronic drunken driving suspect who badly injured a sheriff's deputy in a crash about 10 years ago has been sentenced to two years in prison on drug charges. James Lee Crabtree, 51, is in the Spokane County Jail awaiting transport to prison after being...

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