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Carlile murder plot mastermind faces 40 years after guilty plea

James Henrikson, the man who ordered the killings of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty Friday afternoon. Henrikson admitted ordering the deaths of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke and Doug Carlile, employing Timothy Suckow as the hit man both times. Federal prosecutors will seek a 40-year prison term when Henrikson is sentenced in December.

No charges for Pasco officers in migrant worker’s death

Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed migrant worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February will not face criminal charges, Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Wednesday. Sant announced the decision in a packed chamber of the Franklin County commissioners almost seven months after the shooting.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction

Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s highest court declined to hear Thompson’s appeal, which argued that the Yakima jury that convicted him of civil rights violations heard evidence that legally should have been withheld. That evidence concerned the crime Thompson suspected Zehm of committing before the fatal encounter.

‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as the federal government seeks convictions and stiff mandatory prison terms against the members of an Eastern Washington medical marijuana cooperative being called the Kettle Falls 5.

U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby yanks co-worker from path of bus

U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby is credited by witnesses with pulling co-worker Tim Durkin from the path of a Spokane Transit Authority bus at a busy intersection in front of the federal building Friday evening. “He would have been hit straight-on by the front of that bus,” said Natasha Shallbetter, who was driving downtown with her husband and two children just after 5 p.m. Ormsby and Durkin, an assistant U.S. attorney, were in the crosswalk leading south from the Thomas S. Foley Federal Courthouse across Riverside Avenue. The bus was turning left from North Monroe Street, Shallbetter said.