A Nine Mile Falls man accused of instigating last year’s freeway sniper shootings is back behind bars.
State troopers and Stevens County sheriff’s deputies arrested 19-year-old Christopher Williams at his girlfriend’s house in Suncrest on Saturday night.
Williams is charged with second-degree assault for his part in a series of shootings along Interstate 90 last fall that panicked commuters for nearly a week.
He is being held in the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.
Williams has been a fugitive since Aug. 8, when he failed to appear in court. He was scheduled to plead guilty and be sentenced along with Evan McKiernan and Gregory Moody.
Troopers say last October and November the trio fired a 9mm pistol and a shotgun at cars and a house in the Tyler area west of Spokane.
At least two semitrucks were hit with gunfire, and a plate-glass window being pulled by a pickup truck was shattered.
McKiernan, 20, and Moody, 19, both pleaded guilty to their roles in the shootings at the Aug. 8 hearing.
Superior Court Judge Gregory Sypolt sentenced McKiernan to 22 months in prison and Moody to a year in the Thurston County Jail.
If convicted, Williams likely is facing more time.
Investigators and prosecutors say he persuaded the other men, whom he met in college, to participate in the shootings.
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