A Kennewick woman was sentenced to 60 days in jail for giving a methadone pill to a 22-year-old woman who ultimately died.
Cindy Diane Hurd, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of methadone in Benton County Superior Court. She must report to jail by April 27 to begin serving her sentence.
According to court documents, Hurd told Benton County sheriff's deputies that she gave one pill to Amber Grigsby sometime between July 2 and 3. Grigsby lost consciousness and died July 4.
An autopsy performed by Dr. Daniel Selove, a forensic pathologist, found evidence of more than one pill in Grigsby's system, documents said. Selove ruled she died of acute methadone and methamphetamine intoxication.
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Methadone is a pain reliever that also can be used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients who have been addicted to opiate drugs and are in a treatment program.
Hurd originally was charged with delivery of methadone. But in plea negotiations, Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor agreed to a reduction because there was no proof Hurd charged Grigsby for the drug, that she knew Grigsby "would be particularly vulnerable to an overdose, or that she thought Ms. Grigsby was in danger of overdosing."
Bloor said possession was a more appropriate charge given those circumstances.
Richland woman admits role in credit fraud case
RICHLAND — An 18-year-old woman tearfully admitted to being involved in a stolen property ring in December.
Christina Thao Tran's role was to receive goods purchased with stolen credit cards, then ship the merchandise to a California address.
She got into the scheme when an acquaintance claimed he was starting a business in Vietnam and needed her help in moving the goods, court documents said. But Tran "knew it wasn't right" and claimed she was going to talk to police after the Christmas holiday, documents said.
By then it was too late.
Richland police were alerted to the activity by a Hewlett-Packard fraud investigator, who found that an unknown person used a stolen credit card to purchase a laptop and mail it to Tran's Richland home. Police then took a second report from a retailer about apurchase made with a stolen card that was scheduled to be sent to the same residence.
Officers contacted the manager at Tran's apartment complex Dec. 22 and learned she had told him "she would be receiving multiple packages in other people's names because the packages were Christmas presents," court documents said.
Tran reportedly had informed the manager because when tenants aren't home, packages are delivered to the office for safekeeping.
The manager said multiple packages had arrived for Tran with other people's names, documents said.
Four packages were then awaiting pickup in his office. Two were for a Temple City, Calif., man who later told police he did not authorize the purchases.
Officers met with Tran, who said she had been approached by an acquaintance about a business and asked "to receive the packages and then mail them to an address in California, where they would be shipped to Vietnam," court documents said.
Tran told police she had received and shipped a number of items to the designated address, including a laptop and multiple Android and Blackberry cell phones. She said three of the four packages were to be forwarded.
A search of her apartment turned up an HP laptop that Tran said she was permitted to keep in exchange for her role in moving the other packages, documents said.
Tran wept in court as she pleaded guilty to second-degree trafficking in stolen property. Her lawyer, Sal Mendoza Jr., said she was new to the judicial process and had no criminal history before this case.
She was sentenced to 30 days on jail work crew.
Suspect pleads guilty in Richland vandalism
KENNEWICK — A 19-year-old Kennewick man pleaded guilty to driving a car full of people to a Richland home in February to retaliate against a person they believed had been involved in an earlier attack on one of them.
Cameron James Saylor entered an Alford plea to third-degree malicious mischief, a misdemeanor. The plea means he denied committing the crime but believed prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him.
He was ordered to serve five days on jail work crew with 360 days suspended, and to pay $1,020 in restitution to the homeowner.
Court documents state that at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 18, Saylor, along with three juveniles and an adult, drove to an Alice Street home.
The adult in the group had been assaulted the day before and had been told his attacker lived there, documents said.
Saylor stayed in the car while the rest of the group grabbed baseball bats and other metal objects and broke out windows on a 1996 Mercury Cougar parked in the driveway. Damage was estimated at more than $2,000.
Richland police responded to the home, then were called two hours later after a cinderblock was thrown through a window in the house. It cost about $800 to replace the window.
A short time later, officers saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle, and stopped it. After getting a search warrant, police found multiple baseball bats and a large wrench inside the car, documents said.
One of Saylor's relatives later contacted the residents and paid for the broken window on the home.
Deputy Prosecutor Kristin McRoberts agreed to reduce the charge from second-degree malicious mischief because of Saylor's age and "complete lack of prior criminal history."
Three of the passengers had submitted written statements that Saylor drove them to the home but did not know they intended tovandalize a car, documents said.
As part of the plea deal, Saylor agreed to help pay for the damage to the Cougar.