EVERETT — An Everett man has pleaded guilty to shooting a man a dozen times at the Farwest Motel.
Harry Lee Jones Jr., 25, admitted to first-degree assault and first-degree robbery for nearly killing an Everett man May 16, 2018, at the motel on Evergreen Way.
Prosecutors suggested a sentence of of 31½ years. Plea paperwork filed this month notes his defense attorney “is not in agreement with (the) recommendation,” and could ask for less time at a sentencing hearing set for Oct. 1.
Jones became the fifth out of five defendants to be convicted in the shooting.
“Miraculously, though gravely wounded, (the man) did not die and was eventually transported to the hospital for treatment of his many wounds,” according to charging papers.
He’s now 40 years old.
Jones and two accomplices, Devon Evans and Misty Krum, who also went by Misty Eggen, confronted the motel guest around 10:30 a.m. as he returned to his room, No. 138, according to charging papers in Snohomish County Superior Court.
Jones held the man at gunpoint and forced him into his room. He beat the man over the head with the butt of the pistol, aimed the weapon and threatened to shoot if he didn’t hand over drugs and money. The man surrendered cash. The two other robbers rounded up loot into bags. Jones ordered the man to go into the bathroom to clean himself up. The guest didn’t move, fearing he’d be shot to death. He rushed at the gunman. Jones responded by opening fire, hitting the man in the chest, legs and head.
Once the wounded man fell to the floor, Jones shot two more rounds into his body, police wrote. The robbers fled and left the man to die.
Everett police found the suspected shooter as he tried to run across a school playground with a cast on his right leg. Jones reportedly told police he shot the man because he’d lunged at him.
Police later tracked down two more accomplices: Damian Larson drove the robbers to the motel, but abandoned the trio when Jones told him he “killed the guy.” Larson’s girlfriend, Ilona Kavaliova, knocked on the man’s motel room before the attack, to make sure the assailants had the right room.
The other four defendants have already been sentenced.
Evans was sentenced to 1½ years in prison.
Krum is serving 3½ years behind bars for first-degree robbery. Two suspects, Jones and Larson, reported the drug robbery had been her idea.
Larson was sentenced to five years for second-degree robbery. Police caught up to him in late July, when he fired a pistol while fighting with a man in north Everett. Officers seized heroin and methamphetamine in that investigation. Larson, a felon, admitted to unlawful possession of a firearm and felony drug possession in October 2018, the same day he pleaded guilty to being the driver in the motel shooting.
His girlfriend, Kavaliova, served a three-month sentence for her role in the botched robbery.
Jones faces by far the longest sentence out of the five defendants. Part of that has to do with his violent criminal record. He has been a felon since age 14. He was convicted of second-degree robbery, attempted second-degree robbery and attempted first-degree child molestation as a juvenile.
As an adult, he has a record of failing to register as a sex offender and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snocaleb.