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December 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Man who fled in 1995 is finally sentenced

A San Diego man who turned himself in last month, 16 years after he fled prosecution in King County for felony harassment, was finally sentenced yesterday for the 1995 crime.

Robert Amos Garner, 56, was given credit for 45 days he had already served at the King County Jail and ordered to be released from custody. Superior Court Judge Mariane Spearman did not sentence Garner to probation.

Sixteen years ago, the former Tukwila man pleaded guilty to felony harassment for attacking his ex-wife with a box cutter. But instead of waiting to be sentenced, Garner fled despite facing only a month in jail.

His current wife, Kathleen Garner, says that he fled because he believed he would be facing a much longer term. But he hoped that by surrendering last month he would receive some leniency and maybe regain his right to vote.

King County prosecutors asked a judge to sentence Garner to two months in jail because he fled.

After fleeing Washington, Garner ended up in Nevada, where he was convicted of grand larceny in Washoe County in 1996 and served just under two years in prison.

Though Garner was wanted on an arrest warrant when he was arrested in Nevada, the warrant only called for him to be extradited from Oregon or Idaho, King County prosecutors said. Prosecutors said that Garner also has since been arrested in California for alleged disorderly conduct.

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