Granite Falls man gets three months for threatening deputies

EVERETT — A Granite Falls man was sentenced on Wednesday to three months in jail for threats he made to sheriff’s deputies in May.

John C. Lapham pleaded guilty to a second-degree assault charge. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson ordered Lapham to undergo an alcohol evaluat


Lapham, 72, was intoxicated when he told emergency dispatchers that he’d shot his wife. When police got there, Lapham’s wife came out of the home next door. She told them she hadn’t seen her husband in several hours.

Deputies found Lapham hidden on the deck. He had a loaded double-barrel shotgun with him and another loaded shotgun was found on a table about eight feet away. Police reported that Lapham made threats to them.

He was taken to the hospital where doctors determined that his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, court papers said.

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