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Brothers plead guilty to multiple home break-ins

Brothers who steal together may get to stay together – for an extended period of time. Spokane brothers Donald G. Myhren, 31, and 27-year-old Dustin J. Myhren pleaded guilty Tuesday to a wide swath of home break-ins across Spokane County that included the theft of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, a firearm and other loot. Twice, authorities said, homeowners who confronted the burglars were threatened at gunpoint as the brothers fled.

Family stabber gets a decade in prison

A Spokane man pleaded guilty today to stabbing his stepgrandfather and stepfather in two separate incidents in January and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Bounty hunter gets time served after guilty plea

Outlaw bounty hunter Dennis Kariores has been sentenced to time already served after pleading guilty to nine felonies in a case that originally had him charged with kidnapping. Kariores, 42, had been a fugitive after he failed to show up to a court hearing April 10. But he was picked up by the U.S. Marshals Service in Florida late last month and transported back to Spokane, Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Hazel said.

Outlaw bounty hunter released after plea

Outlaw bounty hunter Dennis Kariores has been sentenced to time already served after he was arrested in Florida, transported to Spokane and pleaded guilty to nine felonies stemming from a case that originally had him charged with kidnapping.

Man admits to grisly killing

A murderer pleaded guilty Friday for the machete-torture attack and killing of a Cheney man who was found in his burned car in 2011. Taylor J. Wolf, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the April 13, 2011, slaying of 22-year-old Nicholas J. Thoreson, who was found in the trunk of his burning Ford Thunderbird on Forker Road.

Federal judge details ordeal caused by burglar

Testifying as a victim, a federal judge today explained how a prolific South Hill burglar traumatized his family, forcing him night after night to explain to his young children that they would be safe to sleep through the night.

Another McDonald’s robber enters guilty plea

One of four suspects tied to two brazen robberies, including at a South Hill McDonald’s restaurant, pleaded guilty Thursday in a deal that could net him three years in prison. Dwayne J. Tolbert, 22, pleaded guilty to seven counts of robbery and had several similar charges dismissed as part of a plea in which both Deputy Prosecutor Mark Cipolla and defense attorney Anna Nordtvedt agreed to recommend a three-year prison term.

Retired judge Robert Austin dies

Longtime local judge Robert Austin, who retired from Spokane Superior Court at the end of 2008, died Monday following an aortic aneurysm on Saturday. He was 68. Austin’s wife, Robin, said he was watching a Gonzaga Prep football game Saturday when he called to say something was wrong.

Longtime Spokane County judge dies

Longtime local judge Robert Austin, who retired from Spokane Superior Court at the end of 2008, died today following an aortic aneurysm on Saturday. He was 68.

Liberian man sentenced in shooting

A Liberian national, who became a father and turned 22 this week, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for a gang-related shooting in Spokane that left a 6-year-old girl wounded. In addition, Abubakar Samura will face certain deportation as soon as he is released, authorities said. He pleaded guilty late last month to two counts of second-degree assault stemming from the March 4 shooting that also injured Matthew W. Woods, who was 23 at the time.

Gang shooter gets seven years, deportation

A Liberian national, who became a father and turned 22 this week, was sentenced today to seven years in prison for a gang-related shooting in Spokane from which 6-year-old girl was shot in the foot.

Woman pleads guilty in kidnapping

The final of five defendants 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 guilty to first-degree kidnapping as part of an Alford plea, which acknowledges prosecutors could likely prove the charge. She was sentenced to 51 months in prison. She also agreed to plead guilty to first-degree and second-degree trafficking in stolen property as part of a separate sentence that will run at the same time as the kidnapping incarceration.

Reworked plea nets 60 days for shooter who missed kids

A man who fired several gunshots into a house, narrowly missing two toddlers, after a 2009 dispute over a dog accepted a plea bargain Monday that called for 60 days in jail, which he’s already served. Lucas J. Merrill, 28, had faced seven counts of first-degree assault in a case that previously had been negotiated down to two misdemeanors by Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker. However, a District Court judge in November refused to approve the deal after Tucker declined a request to appear in court and explain the reduction in the severity of the charges against Merrill.

Witness refuses to testify

A man was sentenced to 22 months in prison Tuesday after reneging on his promise to testify in two shootings. Antonio E. Cook Jr., 29, previously pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and witness tampering in cases unrelated to the two shootings. However, Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Mark Cipolla agreed to drop those charges in exchange for testimony in the cases, one of which resulted in murder charges.

Jury exonerates sheriff’s detective

A jury today exonerated a Spokane County Sheriff’s detective who has been the subject of several excessive force complaints. The jury found unanimously for Spokane County in a case that began with a traffic stop on Jan. 22, 2006, by Detective Jeff Welton.