A 26-year-old man was sentenced to a year in prison for fighting with police at a Kennewick casino as he was being kicked out for using a racial slur.
Casey Ray Bockman was ordered by a Benton County Superior Court judge to do the time for his earlier guilty plea to two counts of third-degree assault.
The Kennewick man was at Coyote Bob's Casino on March 8, 2011, when employees asked him to leave the Kennewick Avenue business after hearing complaints that he was making offensive remarks to other customers. He reportedly refused to leave.
The five officers who responded found a "visibly intoxicated" Bockman speaking with two casino employees. The officers were familiar with Bockman because he is known to them "as a mixed martial arts fighter who often fights with law enforcement when intoxicated," court documents said.
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Bockman finally headed toward the exit after several orders to leave. He veered close to Officer Michelle Pitts and, even though she put up her right hand to block Bockman from walking in to her, he still bumped into her shoulder, documents said.
Bockman came to an open space in the casino and got down with his face on the floor and put his hands behind his back as if to be handcuffed. Officers had not asked him to do that and reportedly interpreted it as a refusal or protest to being kicked out.
Officers Craig Hanson and Michael Rosane were going to put cuffs on Bockman when he rolled onto his back and began swinging his arms and kicking at the officers, court documents said. Hanson was hit in the leg and Rosane in the shin.
Bockman was shocked with a Taser by another officer just as he tried to grab Rosane and pull him down to the ground, documents said.
The incident reportedly was caught on Coyote Bob's security camera. Employees also told officers that Bockman had earlier said he would fight if the police touched him.
Bockman's criminal history includes convictions for second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, two for second-degree possession of stolen property and three for residential burglary.
Woman denies forgeries
A Kennewick woman is accused of forging checks on the bank accounts of her grandmother and a stranger whose mail had been stolen.
Veronica Stormie Robinson, 31, pleaded innocent to two counts of forgery. She is scheduled for trial April 30 on each case.
Prosecutors allege that between April 4 and 13, Robinson wrote two checks for $40 each to Fred Meyer in Richland. The checks were on her grandmother's Gesa checking account and Robinson did not have permission to use them, court documents said.
Robinson allegedly signed her grandmother's name on each.
One check was cashed by the store, so Gesa refunded the money to the victim, documents said. The second check did not clear.
In the other case, Robinson had three Citibank checks belonging to a Burbank man. She visited her child's father on June 27 and made one check out to him for $2,800, signing the check owner's name, court documents said.
Robinson and Mark Scott then went to the Bank of America branch near the Columbia Center mall and deposited the check into Scott's overdrawn account, documents said. They reportedly were told that they could not withdraw any of the money.
The couple then went to the Bank of America on Kennewick Avenue and Robinson signed the victim's second check in the amount of $900, court documents said. They also deposited this into Scott's account, then withdrew $200, documents said.
Two days later, Scott contacted Kennewick police about the bad checks. The bank froze on his account, but by that time Robinson allegedly had withdrawn an additional $300.
In his statement, Scott admitted his involvement and said he had destroyed the third stolen check to prevent Robinson from committing another forgery, court documents said.
Robinson got the checks from a friend who had stolen them out of the victim's mailbox, documents said.
She is in the Benton County jail on $2,500 bail for each forgery.
Man sentenced for threat
A Prosser man admitted to pointing a loaded sawed-off shotgun at his wife after threatening to cut her open and pull out her intestines.
Kyle Ross Heintz, 24, was reportedly extremely intoxicated when he was arguing with his wife on Jan. 16.
During the dispute, Heintz slapped her several times, spit on her and told her that if her parents weren't at the home he would slash his wife's throat and go after her innards, court documents said.
Heintz at some point grabbed the shotgun, pumped it and pointed it at his wife. He then sat down, keeping the gun pointed at her, before finally leaving the home a few hours later, documents said.
Benton County sheriff's deputies found the shotgun's safety was off and a round was in the chamber. The shotgun was 15 inches long; the legal minimum is 18 inches.
Heintz pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with domestic violence.
"Without legal justification, I threatened my wife with a deadly weapon during an argument ... and put her in reasonable fear for her safety and well-being," he wrote in his plea statement.
His original charges included possession of a short-barreled shotgun. However, since the victim was unwilling to cooperate, Deputy Prosecutor Megan Whitmire said in court documents that she was dismissing the gun charge in exchange for Heintz's plea to the more serious count.
Heintz was sentenced to three months in jail, and ordered to undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation and follow the recommended treatment. He also was told to have no contact with the victim.
Trial set in alleged rape
A 21-year-old man is being held on $50,000 bail for allegedly having an illicit sexual relationship with a young teen who ran away from home to be with him.
Jordan Joel Garcia of Kennewick pleaded innocent to third-degree rape of a child. His trial is set April 30.
According to court documents, the girl's parents called Richland police in January to report that their daughter had stolen their vehicle and left home. The parents said they believed the girl was with Garcia.
Officers tried to find the stolen vehicle and the girl for several days without success, but got confirmation from Garcia's family and friends that the two were together, documents said.
The vehicle eventually was found at the bus station, but Garcia and the girl still were missing. She later returned to her parents' home and was contacted by police immediately. The girl reported having sexual contact with Garcia in Richland and at a hotel in Pasco, documents said.