A man accused of hitting his then-girlfriend on a rural Whitman County road in his truck and leaving her for dead entered an Alford plea on Friday.
In an Alford plea the defendant does not admit guilt but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce defendant Richard Pasma guilty of felony hit-and-run for the Nov. 11 incident that left Kristen Grindley with a broken shoulder, ankle and nose as well as a skull fracture.
KHQ reported that Grindley and Pasma had an argument the night of her injury, according to documents. Pasma told investigators he left the home and went four-wheeling in the mud at approximately 1:30 in the morning.
Pasma told investigators he last saw Grindley in the doorway of their home as he drove away.
Prosecutors also filed papers outlining a plan to seek an “exceptional sentence” if Pasma was convicted, KHQ reported. The prosecutor claims Grindley’s injuries were so severe the defendant should be sentenced to five years in prison. Standard sentencing guidelines for hit and run call for three to nine months of jail time.
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