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Pasco man accused of assault to be examined by state psychologists

A 19-year-old Pasco man shot by a police officer last month will be evaluated by state psychologists.

Ezequiel Chavez faced a Jan. 25 trial in Franklin County Superior Court for one count of first-degree assault with a gun.

He is accused of firing at Officer Chad Pettijohn, who then returned fire and hit Chavez in the left thigh and on his right side above his hip.

Chavez's trial date has been stayed, however, while he undergoes a mental evaluation by Eastern State Hospital psychologist at the Franklin County jail.

He will be back in court Jan. 17 for a status update.

Chavez was arrested Sept. 14 after he reportedly fired a .380-caliber, semi-automatic pistol at Pettijohn while running into the yard of a home in the 900 block of North 15th Avenue, court documents said.

The gun, with one round chambered, was found in the front yard near where Chavez fell.

Pettijohn, who was not hurt, shot at Chavez six times. Two rounds hit Chavez and three hit the house, but no one inside was hurt. The sixth round was not found by investigators.

Three weeks after the incident, Pettijohn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said the shooting was justified.

Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for failing to register as sex offender

A convicted sex offender will spend the next three years in prison after admitting he didn't tell authorities where he was living.

William Douglas Case, 27, was sentenced this week in Franklin County Superior Court to failing to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty Nov. 22.

He has been convicted four other times of failing to register -- three times in Benton County in 2006 and once in Franklin County in 2008.

Case is required to register his address with law enforcement after he was convicted in 2004 in Benton County of third-degree rape. He is classified as a Level 2 sex offender.

"You need to keep your registration up. It's very serious when you have as many violations as you do," Judge Craig Matheson said.

Case could have received up to three years and seven months in prison. Defense attorneys requested a low-end sentence three months shorter than what Matheson gave him.

Case was charged in June after Department of Corrections officials reported he was living at a Pasco home from Feb. 8 to June 3 without letting police know, court documents said.

Case had been registered with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as a transient, which means he said he didn't have a permanent address but was staying in Pasco.

A DOC probation violation report indicated Case had been living at a home in the 800 block of East First Street, which is where Case said his fiancee and her uncle lives, documents said.

He claimed he only showered and ate there, but then he said he stayed there when the weather was bad. However, on the logs he had to fill out, he said he stayed at Fiesta Foods, documents said.

Pasco man pleads guilty to burglary; judge sentences him to 1 year in prison

A Franklin County judge told a 23-year-old Pasco man that he hopes he can set a better example for his son once he finishes serving a one-year prison sentence for burglary.

Shad Alan Harrison pleaded guilty Dec. 6 to second-degree burglary and was sentenced this week in Franklin County Superior Court.

Harrison has two prior convictions for second-degree burglary and one for first-degree possession of stolen property.

Judge Craig Matheson asked Harrison how long he was going to keep up this activity, and Harrison said he is hoping to be done.

"Is that what you want to do with your life? Be a thief?" Matheson asked.

When Harrison said no and that he has a son, Matheson replied: "I hope you can set a better example next time around."

Harrison was arrested in January in connection with a string of coffee-stand burglaries in Kennewick and Pasco.

He was accused of being the look-out for two other suspects on Dec. 29 as they broke into Mojo's Caffeine Express and Knutzen's Meats, court documents said.

They then went to Knutzen's Meats and Harrison waited in the truck for his accomplices.

When one suspect panicked after hearing the phone ring off the hook, he ran away.

Harrison then helped his other friend load a safe into the back of the truck, documents said.

They used a pry bar and hammer to get into the safe and then dumped it into the Columbia River off the Interstate 182 bridge, documents said.

Investigators identified burglary suspects after one of Harrison's accomplices severely cut his arm during a burglary in Kennewick and sought treatment at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco.

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