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October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM
TACOMA (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in Tacoma to second-degree murder for killing another man in a murder for hire plot.
Pierce County prosecutors say Luis Barker accepted $8,000 from a Gig Harbor woman to kill her son-in-law.
The News Tribune reports that Barker entered his plea Tuesday. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15.
He was arrested in August 2012 after sheriff’s detectives had the woman who hired him, Jacqueline Ray, record Barker talking about what happened the night Leon Baucham Jr. was killed in July 2012.
Ray pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this year.
The woman told detectives that she asked Barker to kill her son-in-law because she said the man was abusing her daughter.
October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM
By Paris Achen,
The Columbian / (MCT)
A Vancouver, Wash., man received a suspended jail sentence Thursday for shooting his girlfriend’s father five times July 23 with a BB gun following an altercation in the Harney Heights neighborhood.
Neal Panther Stillwell, 25, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault domestic violence in exchange for prosecutors reducing his charge from third-degree assault. Clark County Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark sentenced him to 364 days in jail with credit for 16 days that he’s already served and 348 days suspended. He’s also required to be on probation for two years.
Vancouver police responded to the Harney Heights neighborhood around 4 p.m. July 23 on a report of a weapons disturbance possibly involving a black handgun.
Stillwell and his girlfriend’s father, James Riddell, got into an altercation inside Riddell’s home over an issue related to the victim’s daughter, Shannon Riddell, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court. Stillwell, who has been unemployed for about six years, had been living with Shannon Riddell and James Riddell for about two weeks, the affidavit says.
The affidavit says Stillwell told police that Riddell entered his bedroom and began arguing with him. When Riddell punched him in the face, Stillwell grabbed a CO2 air BB gun from his closet to defend himself because Riddell was bigger than him, said Stillwell’s attorney, Susan Stauffer.
Riddell said he didn’t punch Stillwell until he saw Stillwell was armed, at which time he punched Stillwell in self-defense, the affidavit says.
The altercation spilled into the streets of Harney Heights. A neighbor who saw them called 911 with a report of a man with long black hair throwing a gun into the bushes outside 3816 E. 14th St. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.
Stillwell had bruises all over his face at the time of his arrest.
Riddell was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his stomach, arms and neck. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
August 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM
The Associated Press
A Kent man has pleaded guilty to importing and selling more than $500,000 in counterfeit luxury vehicle parts.
The U.S. attorney for the western district of Washington says the 34-year-old man — Guoxing Xian — faces up to 10 years in prison and a $2 million fine when sentenced on Nov. 22.
He has pleaded guilty to importing items like license plate holders and automobile logs that were Chinese knockoffs of BMW, Mercedes and other luxury brands.
According to the plea agreement, Xian sold auto parts over the Internet over the past five years.
He was caught when he sold items to an undercover federal agent. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan says has agreed to make restitution to BMW, Mercedes and other companies.
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