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Crime briefs: 60 days for dealing cocaine; four months for felony assault
Cocaine deals yield 60-day sentence for San Juan man
A San Juan Island man who twice sold cocaine to an informant working with local law enforcement about a year ago will serve 60 days in jail for a trio of drug-related felonies.
On Aug. 16, Trevor Kent Easterbrook, 27, was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and pay $2,830 in fines and fees as part of a sentence handed down in San Juan County Superior Court. Three weeks earlier, Easterbrook pleaded guilty in superior court to two counts of delivery of cocaine, a Class B felony, and to one count of attempted possession of cocaine, a Class C felony.
Easterbrook was taken into custody at his Friday Harbor home in mid-February after a team of officers, armed with a search warrant, confronted the 26-year-old on the doorstep of his residence in Sunshine Alley, at about 11 p.m. Four people were inside the home, in addition to Easterbrook, at the time.
According to court documents, officers reportedly seized nearly a half-dozen electronic scales and 46 grams of cocaine - one-tenth of a pound, with an estimated “street value” of roughly $4,000. An island resident of about 10 years, Easterbrook became the target of an undercover investigation a year ago in early September after he reportedly sold several grams of cocaine on three separate occasions — totaling $680 — to an informant recruited by the Sheriff’s Department.
A Class B felony, delivery of a controlled substance carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is 12-20 months in prison. As a first-time offender, Easterbrook qualified for a sentence below the state standard.
Knife-wielding homeless man gets four months felony assault
One month to the day after he was arrested for brandishing a knife and threatening a grocery store employee who chased after him for shoplifting, a 33-year-old man was sentenced to four months in jail for felony assault.
On Aug. 6, Stanley Vincent Sing, identified as homeless, pleaded guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of second-degree assault, a Class B felony, and to one count of third-degree theft, a gross misdemeanor. He was ordered to serve four months in jail, credited with having served 31 days of the sentence, and ordered to pay $876 in fines and fees.
According to court documents, two employees of Orcas Island’s Island Market saw Sing shoplift on several occasions July 6, and one trailed after him when he left the Eastsound grocery store. Sing reportedly pulled a knife on the man, threatened him, and then took off on foot in the direction of Crescent Beach. Deputies later found him near the beach, hiding in the brush, and took him into custody.
A Class B felony, second-degree assault carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both; however, the standard range of sentencing set by the state is 3-9 months in jail.
— Scott Rasmussen