Lengthy sentence follows man’s conviction for four felonies

Before sentencing, Jerry Bogart wrote a letter in which he offered apologies to people he harmed.

EVERETT — A frequent felon is likely off Snohomish County streets for good.

Jerry Brand Bogart, 41, was sentenced earlier this month to more than 39 years in prison. The sentence handed down from Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis came after Bogart was convicted of felonies 12, 13, 14 and 15.

His most recent crimes were connected to a drug deal that went sour in 2016. The crime spree involved some punching, some gunfire and a low-speed chase in a 1978 Chevy Nova.

Before sentencing, Bogart wrote a lengthy letter to the judge, in which he offered apologies to multiple people harmed over the years by his poor choices. He also lamented the things that prison will cost him, including pancakes. Bogart wrote that pancakes aren’t served in prison, so he’s likely eaten his last.

Prosecutors at one point were willing to recommend that Bogart serve about a decade behind bars, assuming he behaved well enough to earn good time, public defender Jason Schwarz said in court papers.

Bogart rejected the plea offer, however, in part because it likely meant he’d never again get to go fishing with his aging father, Schwarz wrote.

People in the man’s circle also “bolstered his chimerical belief” that evidence in the case would be suppressed prior to trial, the public defender added.

Among other things, Bogart had left a phone message at the home of the man he shot at, describing how he’d tried to kill him and intended to succeed, court papers show.

Bogart’s criminal history is festooned with arrests for property crimes, drugs and police chases. One of his most-notable chases came in 1999 at the wheel of a motor home stolen in Skagit County.

He reached speeds of up to 95 mph en route to Granite Falls while an accomplice threw items at police cars through a broken rear window. Bogart eventually bailed and tried to seek refuge in a home. The occupant would have none of that, however. He felled Bogart with a punch and held him for police.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@herald net.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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