A Richland man was sentenced to five days in jail for stabbing a tenant during an argument when the victim refused to leave the property after a rent dispute.
Michael Kenneth Walter, 48, had no criminal history before his guilty plea Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court to one charge of fourth-degree assault.
The victim, Ronald Allen Baugher Jr., didn't stick around to get medical treatment for his knife wounds, and wasn't found until six months later when he was arrested in an unrelated case.
Baugher, 40, appeared in the same courtroom Wednesday and was ordered into drug treatment as part of his sentence for selling a stolen flute to a music store.
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Baugher reportedly rented a Sanford Avenue place from Walter but missed some payments. Walter told him to leave but Baugher refused, so on Sept. 22, the landlord confronted Baugher.
Walter even offered to pay him $200 to leave, but Baugher demanded $400, Deputy Prosecutor Julie Long wrote in court documents. Walter then got a knife and stabbed twice at Baugher, who fought back, hitting him with a sign and running away, said documents. Walter also was injured.
Walter originally was charged with third-degree assault, but Long agreed to reduce it because Baugher never reported the incident to police and failed to appear for his victim interview.
Walter was sentenced to five days in jail, with 359 days suspended and given two years of supervision.
He will return to court in June 2014 and -- if he's completed all conditions of his sentence and committed no violations -- the case could be dismissed. And Walter was ordered to have no contact with Baugher for two years.
Baugher was charged with going to Music Unlimited in Richland on Jan. 24 and selling a flute for $75. The instrument was one of the items reported missing in a burglary of the Parish of the Holy Spirit on Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.
When he was arrested, he had a small baggie of methamphetamine in his pocket.
He pleaded guilty May 7 to possessing stolen property and methamphetamine.
On Wednesday, Judge Vic VanderSchoor sentenced Baugher under the Special Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative. Instead of going to prison, he must follow an intense residential treatment program and be under community supervision for two years.
Permanent resident card found to be fake
An illegal immigrant was busted for having a fake permanent resident card when a Richland cop noticed his birth date was listed as June 31, when the month ends a day earlier.
Julio Cesar Adame Flores, 40, pleaded innocent to one count of forgery. His trial is scheduled Aug. 6.
Richland Cpl. Hyrum Stohel had stopped Adame Flores and asked for his identification. He reportedly handed over a permanent resident card identifying him as Cesar Adame Flores with a birthday of June 31, 1971.
When Stohel questioned him about the date, Adame Flores admitted his full name and the fact his birth date is a month later on July 30, court documents said. Stohel was unable to find a record with the information.
Adame Flores then told the officer he was given the fake identification card when he entered the country illegally, documents said.
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