A 17-year-old Spokane resident was sentenced to 160 months behind bars on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. He had been accused of having attempted to shoot a deputy with the Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office using a sawed-off shotgun back in March. Prosecutors had decided to prosecute him as an adult because he had a prior felony conviction on his record.
The teen was originally arrested on March 27, 2017, after deputies received reports that someone was peeping into cars along East Valleway. When the responding deputy arrived on the scene, he quickly identified the two individuals that witnesses had described as acting suspiciously.
Before the officer could exit his vehicle, the older of the two suspects, a 22-year-old, began approaching the officer. The younger one brandished a shotgun with what appeared to be a shortened barrel and pistol-style grip.
He pointed it at the officer. The deputy quickly took cover and drew his weapon. When the teen saw the officer do this, he dropped the gun he had been holding at the time. He was then placed under arrest. The second suspect fled on foot as the teen was being handcuffed, but he was caught not too long thereafter.
As the juvenile was being arrested, he reportedly continued to make potentially incriminating comments to the deputy, including telling him that he had neglected to remove the safety on the gun. He also made incendiary statements which included calling the deputies pigs and corrupt. He also used explicit language in speaking with them.
The teen ultimately brokered a deal with prosecutors whereby he would plead guilty to having possessed a firearm illegally and first-degree assault in exchange for a reduced sentence. It's unclear if the teen will be eligible for parole under the plea agreement reached.
Whether or not your child will face jail time for a crime he or she has allegedly committed depends greatly on the gravity of the offense. A juvenile that is charged as an adult faces an uphill battle in terms of being able to make a livelihood after his or her release from jail. If your child is facing criminal charges, the guidance that an experienced Spokane juvenile offense attorney can provide may prove invaluable.
Source: KHQ, "Suspect who tried to shoot deputy with sawed-off shotgun sentenced to 160 months behind bars," accessed June 21, 2017