ARLINGTON — An Arlington man was sentenced this week to more than 34 years in state prison for a shooting that took place last year.
Jason Richardson opened fire on his ex-girlfriend’s house in the Arlington area May 5, 2015. One of the bullets struck the woman’s new boyfriend in the leg. Her two children were home at the time and were unhurt.
Richardson reportedly donned a mask during the attack. Gas was poured on vehicles in the woman’s driveway. Richardson and an accomplice fled in a stolen Ford Fusion.
On Feb. 12, a jury found Richardson guilty of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and driveby shooting. He got additional time because the crime involved a firearm.
Richardson was sentenced Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court. Deputy prosecutor Bob Langbehn sought the highest possible sentence.
“There were children in the house the defendant shot up and the little boy has had to go through extensive counseling since this incident,” Langbehn said.
Richardson has a lengthy criminal history, including 10 felonies. He spent about three years in prison in 2007 for vehicular assault. He also was under state corrections supervision when the shooting occurred. He was supposed to be in drug treatment at that time.
Instead, police believe he was dealing drugs, and he allegedly had methamphetamine when he was arrested weeks after the shooting.
Richardson also was given a lifetime court order prohibiting him from contacting the ex-girlfriend. As of Friday, he remained in the Snohomish County Jail awaiting a transfer to the state Department of Corrections.
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