By Rikki King Herald Writer
EVERETT — Louis Trenary was consistent — the judge gave him that.
For the past decade, Trenary, 46, of Everett, racked up about a dozen felonies for identity theft, forgery and the like.
He added to his portfolio this week with fresh convictions.
That earned him a five-year stint in prison, the maximum allowed under state sentencing guidelines.
He was convicted by a jury Monday and sentenced Tuesday.
Even Trenary was surprised to see it all laid out in trial, he said in court Tuesday.
“The theme yesterday was accountability,” he said.
Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ellen Fair ordered the longer than usual sentence because of Trenary’s criminal history, she said.
The judge told Trenary she hopes he can change his ways.
“I hope so because you’ve certainly wreaked a lot of havoc,” she said.
Trenary was pulled over in Lynnwood in March 2012. Police found the car he was driving full of other people’s financial paperwork and personal information, including filled-out mortgage applications. He also had a printer and special paper used in forging financial documents.
Deputy prosecuting attorney Bob Langbehn asked for a lengthy sentence in part because of the number of victims, he said. Three of them testified against Trenary, he said.
They saw in court just how much of their personal information Trenary had obtained, Langbehn said.
“They were pretty horrified,” he said.
At his sentencing Tuesday, Trenary said his drug addiction pushed most of those thoughts from his mind.
He’s spent the past year at the Snohomish County Jail serving time related to drug-court violations, he said.
He’s been attending Bible studies and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, he said.
“You can’t force sobriety on somebody, as you can see by my two (drug-court) failures,” he said. “This hasn’t been the same-old, same-old.”
Trenary’s public defender Jennifer Rancourt said he was not proud of his felony history and that listening to his victims testify was a positive experience for him.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.