SEATTLE — A teen-ager who admitted taking a police cruiser in a chase that led to a shootout among officers from other patrol cars has been spared jail time after apologizing in court.
"I thank God every day nobody was hurt," Zachary Davis, 18, the son of a city police officer who died in a traffic accident six years ago, said Friday in King County Superior Court.
Davis, who pleaded guilty in July to taking a motor vehicle without permission and eluding police, both felonies, was sentenced by Judge Charles W. Mertel to 27 days of community service.
After his father’s death, Davis was treated like a kid brother by many North Precinct officers, going on ride-alongs in patrol cars and having free access to the station, officers said.
"We meant well, taking Zach under our wings," detective Monty Moss told the judge. "We took him on rides. People went overboard. … He became addicted to the adrenaline."
Man sentenced in woman’s death: A man who admitted raping and killing a woman who was visiting here from Massachusetts was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole. Under state law, the sentence was the only one possible for 52-year-old James Allen Kinney. He pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder last month in Whatcom County Superior Court. Allen admitted killing Keri Lynne Sherlock, 20, on Oct. 3, 1998. Her body was found on a logging road about 30 miles east of Bellingham. She had been visiting relatives while considering whether to attend Western Washington University in Bellingham.
From Herald news services