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PASCO, WA –A Franklin County judge Thursday sent a man to prison to serve another 14 years. Three years ago, an appeals court overturned Delonde Pleasant's 25-year prison term on a legal technicality. A jury last fall reconfirmed the original sentence. Pleasant pleaded guilty in 2002 to manslaughter in the beating death of his girlfriend, Juanita Montelongo. Pleasant, now 32, has served nine years of his sentence. He and his attorney asked the judge to cut the remaining time in half. Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell reduced Pleasant's sentence by two years, noting that while in prison Pleasant has earned a high school diploma and completed anger management and chemical dependency classes. However, the judge says "no length of time will be sufficient" to ease the pain of the Montelongo family.
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Richland Police have released new information regarding the fatal, officer involved shooting on June 5th. 27-year-old James Schultz was killed. Richland Police Chief, Chris Skinner says their investigation is still ongoing. Police had been looking for Schultz that morning when they found him in a car with four other people. The officers involved say they were ordering the people out of the car when Schultz tried to start it to take off. As they approached the car the officers say they saw Schultz reach for a gun in his waistband and fire two shots. The officers then started shooting. Four of them fired a total of 23 rounds. They continued to shoot until Schultz stopped moving. Investigators found two guns and two shell casings in the car. Some witnesses say Schultz did not fire a gun at all. The Tri-Cities Special Investigations unit is supposed to clear up the differences in the stories.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The district office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray in Tacoma, Wash., has been evacuated after a staffer found a suspicious envelope in the mail. Tacoma Police Det. Gretchen Aguirre says the letter-sized envelope contains a sand-like substance and the staff member was concerned about the return address. Aguirre says nothing has come out of the envelope and she wasn't sure what about the return address was suspicious. Murray was not in the office on Thursday when her staff called police. Aguirre says fire officials did a preliminary check and then called the postal service to pick it up. She says the envelope had already gone through the post office's regular hazardous materials screening. A call to Murray's Washington, D.C., office seeking comment was not immediately returned.