Josh Tucker Pleads Guilty in West Richland Murder Case
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Josh Tucker pleaded guilty Friday for the murder of Ellen and Elizabeth Schalchlin in West Richland last December.
Tucker was held for two counts of 1st degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years and 10 months in prison at today's hearing.
Tucker is allowed and might testify at Donald Schalchlin's trial. Donald Schalchlin is the 15-year old brother and son of the two victims.
New details on the case were included in Benton County Prosecutor Andy Miller's motion for a plea agreement.
First, the document indicates Tucker said he and Donald drank alcohol with 41-year-old Ellen before the stabbings. Second, after stabbing Ellen, Tucker said Donald gave him a dumbbell, which he says he threw at Ellen.
Third, the document says Tucker told detectives after he stabbed Ellen he went into the bathroom to try to wash the blood off his hands.
Miller says all of these statements were supported by evidence. He says he appreciated Tucker's honesty but now it's time for him to pay for what he's done.