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Convicted felon with ties to ex-prosecutor sentenced to 7 years

Matthew Baumrucker, 32, pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and will spend the next 7 years in federal prison. Marriya Wright, the deputy prosecutor who pleaded guilty to assisting Baumrucker evade police, remains on probation but is still licensed to practice law in Washington.

Police sergeant demoted 2 ranks

A Spokane police sergeant who was found to be lying in an investigation related to her husband’s apparent use of illegal steroids will get to keep a job on the force despite a recommendation she be terminated, according to a police internal affairs investigation released this week. During the investigation examining Sgt. Lydia Taylor, new details emerged about the use of illegal steroids by her husband, Detective Trammell “Mell” Taylor. He was forced to retire last year after serving 27 years in the department, but he won’t face criminal charges despite telling investigators he wrote checks to a fake business to pay a drug dealer for illegal steroids over the course of four years, according to the report.

Ex-prosecutor won’t do jail time

A former prosecutor who helped a criminal evade police will not have to go to jail after pleading guilty, paying a fine and doing community service work. Marriya Wright worked as a deputy Spokane County prosecutor when she helped convicted felon Matthew Baumrucker last March as he tried to avoid arrest for assault. She gave Baumrucker a ride to Spokane Valley when police were searching for him.

Shawn Vestal: In the sordid wake of the bikini-clad prosecutor

So, just to be clear: The prosecutor who was buddying up to a criminal – a criminal with the word “Criminal” tattooed on his forehead – turns out to be the one who dismissed felony charges against a reputed Hell’s Angel in order to cover up the internal investigation of a police officer who was hooking up with a criminal. The cop’s still on the job, slapped gently on the wrist. The prosecutor’s on paid leave, pending an investigation. And the supposed Hell’s Angel? The one who once led police on a chase through West Central? The one police considered so dangerous they called out the SWAT team to arrest him?

Spokane County prosecutor linked to felon by texts, video, bikini photo

More than a thousand texts, surveillance video and a bikini photograph have linked a convicted felon to a suspended Spokane County deputy prosecutor, who now faces potential charges of rendering criminal assistance. Meanwhile, the meter continues to run for taxpayers.

County prosecutor allegedly aided wanted felon

A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who has been on leave since April is suspected of aiding a wanted felon in eluding capture earlier this year, according to court documents recently unsealed.