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September 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM
By Joe Utter
Columbia Basin Herald
SPOKANE – A Moses Lake powerlifter and former world bench press record holder was sentenced last week to nearly 2½ years in federal prison for importing anabolic steroids.
Ryan Shawn Kennelly, 39, pleaded guilty in March to the charge of importing anabolic steroids into the United States from India. He has been in federal custody since February.
Kennelly, known as the “Bench Monster,” had 1,503 anabolic steroid tablets shipped to him in December 2010, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In 2010, an overseas package arrived for Kennelly at the U.S. Post Office in Kennewick. Kennelly then called the post office to see if the package had arrived. A federal warrant was obtained by postal inspectors, who then searched the package, finding the tablets.
Just two months prior, the Grant County Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized more than a kilogram of powder steroids during a search of Kennelly’s residence in Moses Lake.
Grant County prosecutors charged Kennelly with possession and intent to distribute anabolic steroids in October 2010. He was also charged in December 2010 in Benton County Superior Court on similar charges, according to a previous story in the Columbia Basin Herald.
Both cases were dismissed while authorities sought federal charges.
Kennelly will also have three years of court supervision following his nearly 2½ year sentence.
Kennelly set the world record for bench press at 1,075 pounds at the 2008 Pride Strength Wars in Kennewick. His record was broken earlier this year, according to the World Powerlifting Organization.
June 22, 2012 at 7:09 AM
Weather: With sunshine and a high of 71 degrees yesterday, the clouds and high of 67 today just aren’t going to cut it. And don’t even talk about tomorrow: rain and a high of just 63. Well, at least it’s not expected to rain Sunday. Did we mention that yesterday was nice? No? Well, yesterday was very nice. The National Weather Service forecast.
Sentencing today in UW horticulture arson case: Briana Waters, the last defendant awaiting sentencing in the 2001 arson that destroyed the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture, is expected to be sentenced today, for a second time. She was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison in 2008, but she was given a new trial on appeal. She later pleaded guilty and today’s sentencing stems from that plea.
Tragedy on Mount Rainier: We will be following the story on the Mount Rainier ranger who died on the mountain during the rescue of four climbers yesterday. The 34-year-old ranger, Nick Hall, fell 3,700 while preparing the climbers for a helicopter evacuation. One of the climbers remained on the mountain overnight to wait out bad weather.
Teen drowns in Lake Tapps: A 16-year-old boy was swimming with family and friends yesterday when he went under the water. Rescuers pulled him out and performed CPR to no avail, according to KOMO radio.
Today is Take your Dog to Work Day, sponsored by Pet Sitters International. So if the boss says it’s OK to bring bowser to the office or wherever you’re slaving away, have at it. No dogs allowed here at the newspaper, but there are plenty of them to see in the South Lake Union neighborhood, what with all the Amazonians walking their pups to the office each day. If you’d like to share photos of you and your pooch at work in our gallery, we encourage you to send them in so we can display them on our pets blog. There’s a post on the blog that tells you how to do just that. Give it a shot!
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
June 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM
The Associated Press
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Former NFL and Washington State University quarterback Ryan Leaf is scheduled to be sentenced in Montana on Tuesday after having pleaded guilty last month to breaking into a house and illegally possessing painkillers.
A plea agreement calls for Leaf to be sentenced to nine months in a secure drug treatment facility, followed by time in a pre-release center as part of a five-year term with the Montana Department of Corrections for the burglary charge. The state is recommending a suspended five-year term for the drug charge.
District Judge Kenneth Neill of Great Falls is not bound by the May 8 plea agreement, but has said Leaf needs treatment.
A prosecutor in Texas also is seeking to revoke Leaf’s 10-year probationary sentence from a 2010 plea agreement for stealing prescription pain medicine.
March 28, 2012 at 7:36 AM
Weather: This is getting a bit old… Showers and rain with occasional breaks today through Sunday. Like we said, what gives? Temperatures will be in the upper 40s and low 50s.
Hey, hey, the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics in their season opener played in Japan today. A 3-1 win in extra innings. The Ms now have the best record this in Major League Baseball. Well, that’s only because this was the only game played so far this season. Was that snarky?
This is spring? A winter storm watch has been issued through tomorrow for the Olympics and Cascades where 1-2 feet of snow could fall, according to the National Weather Service.
The man convicted of stabbing and beating a 28-year-old woman as she begged for her life is scheduled to be sentenced this morning in King County Superior Court. Daniel Threadgill, a club promoter, attacked Jennifer Walstran in August 2010 at the behest of a woman he was working with. Threadgill faces up to 30 years behind bars.
The Boeing worker who lost both legs below the knee in an accident on the job last month is expect to be released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle today. Josh Divers is expected to talk about his injuries and rehabilitation.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
December 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM
UPDATE: 2:45 p.m.: Colton Harris-Moore was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday afternoon for 33 felony charges in three local counties.
Judge Vickie Churchill said Harris-Moore’s childhood — with an abusive and alcoholic mother — doesn’t excuse his crimes, but that it should be taken into account.
“This case is a tragedy in many ways, but it’s also a triumph of the human spirit in other ways,” she said, calling his upbringing a “mind-numbing absence of hope.”
UPDATE: 1:50 p.m.: The hearing resumed at 1:30 p.m., with psychologist Richard Adler, hired by the defense, talking about Colton Harris-Moore’s childhood and upbringing.
UPDATE: 11:50 a.m.: Several victims spoke to the court, telling the judge how they feared for their safety after their homes or businesses were broken into.
Some were upset that Harris-Moore was thought of as a hero when he was on the run, and that he had some measure of public support.
“He’s been in my store numerous times and taken an amazing amount of things,” said Kyle Ater, owner of Orcas Homegrown Market. He noted that many of the businesses burglarized by Harris-Moore are no longer in business. “It wasn’t by accident.”
The hearing has stopped for lunch, and will resume this afternoon with a presentation from the psychiatrist who examined Colton Harris-Moore at the request of his defense team.
Before the break, his defense attorneys addressed the court, assuring the judge that: “The victims are correct. Colton Harris-Moore is not a hero. He certainly does not believe himself to be that … Colton was genuinely shocked by this concept that people feared him.”
They intend to ask for a six-year sentence at the end of the hearing. “We’re afraid his spirit would be killed and destroyed by a lengthy sentence. That would serve no purpose whatsoever,” said attorney John Henry Browne.
UPDATE: 11:15 a.m.: Victims of Colton Harris-Moore are beginning to address the court. You can watch a live stream here.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Colton Harris-Moore pleaded guilty after the break to additional 17 felony charges from San Juan County, for a total of 33.
Now, the prosecutor is asking the judge for the longest sentence possible, nearly 10 years. He called Harris-Moore a “menace” and said people in the area were afraid in their homes, and also afraid to leave their homes.
ORIGINAL POST: Colton Harris-Moore, dubbed the Barefoot Bandit, will be sentenced this morning on more than a dozen felony charges stemming from his two-year crime spree in Island, San Juan and Snohomish counties.
At a morning hearing in Island County Superior Court in Coupeville, Harris-Moore stood in an orange jumpsuit and spoke in a loud, clear voice as he told the judge he pleaded guilty to 16 Island County charges. The judge then called a 15-minute break at 10 a.m.
The hearing will resume with a sentencing hearing, at which some of Harris-Moore’s victims will speak. One of the burglary charges could bring a 10-year prison term.
His attorney is seeking a six-year sentence at today’s hearing, to run concurrently with the federal sentence.
Harris-Moore pleaded guilty in June to seven federal felony charges in a plea agreement that recommend he serve five to six years in prison to resolve the federal aspects of his crimes. The deal also turns over all proceeds to victims from a reported $1.3 million movie deal about the Barefoot Bandit’s story.
In a two-year crime spree, Harris-Moore stole two airplanes and a boat, and had a cross-country string of break-ins and thefts before he was captured in the Bahamas.
You can read prosecution and defense arguments prepared for the hearing here, as well as a psychiatric evaluation of Harris-Moore.
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