San Juan man charged with harassment to kill

Jefferey Irving McGriff, 35, of San Juan, has been charged with harassment to kill, a class C felony, in San Juan County Superior Court. According to the probable cause statement, a Friday Harbor landowner, whose girlfriend is the grandmother to McGriff’s child, served him with a “no trespass” letter from an attorney on Feb. 14. McGriff, his girlfriend and his young daughter live in a small travel trailer behind the man’s residence. Shortly thereafter, McGriff allegedly entered the property owner’s residence, went upstairs and into his bedroom and threw the papers at him.

When the victim called dispatch to report the violation of the letter, deputies discovered McGriff had an outstanding bench warrant out of the Puyallup Municipal Court for failure to appear for a theft in the third-degree charge. A bail of $1,100 was attached to the warrant.

A deputy visited the property and spoke to McGriff, who had his daughter with him. According to the report, he confronted the man because the letter was “not an official service.” The deputy told him he could be charged with trespass, and McGriff said the landowner “would be very sorry if he pressed charges” and that it wasn’t a threat but a “promise.” McGriff said the man believes he stole a 12-foot level and “that really is what this is about.”

The deputy told him he would be taken into custody because of the outstanding warrant. He asked to take his daughter into the main house, and after putting her to bed, he allegedly began to make threats towards the homeowner who was standing outside the trailer with the deputy. According to the deputy’s report, he said, “You will be sorry, and you don’t know what you’ve done messing with me and my daughter … You’re done, just wait, it’s over for you, just wait until I get back.” McGriff allegedly tried to get closer to the victim and said, “You’re dead.”

McGriff’s previous convictions include theft and bail jumping, a student carrying a weapon on school premises, and driving with a suspended license.