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Superior Court Update

Natalie St. John

Published on March 14, 2017 5:28PM


SOUTH BEND — Significant Pacific County Superior Court Cases in January and February included a magic mushroom-hunting dad, a woman who pulled a gun on her ex, and an intoxicated man who got pushy when he was caught stealing beer.

All information comes from public police and court records, and press releases from Pacific County Prosecutor Mark McClain.

Jeffrey Ross Moulton

Jeffrey Ross Moulton, 29, of Long Beach was sentenced on Feb. 17 to 15 months in prison for two felony violations of a domestic violence no-contact order.

On Jan. 20, Moulton’s mother drove him from Bellingham to Long Beach. Moulton didn’t have a place to stay, so he went to the home of his former girlfriend and their mutual children, even though she had a restraining order against him. Moulton claimed he thought the order wasn’t valid because a name on the order was misspelled.

Moulton was arrested and held pending trial.

Later, McClain decided to charge the case as a felony, after learning Moulton also went to her home and damaged her property on Jan. 11.

An additional no-contact order is now in place, prohibiting him from going near the family until 2022.

Steven Kenneth Whiting

Steven Kenneth Whiting, 48, of Long Beach, pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, both felony offenses. He will spend 15 months in prison.

Whiting had been banned from Jack’s Country Store in Ocean Park as a result of a theft about three years ago. However, in mid-January, he returned to Jack’s and stole a beer. On Jan. 20, Whiting, who was intoxicated, returned again. When the store owner and an employee approached him, he shouldered past the employee, knocking him backwards. McClain said he proposed a one-year sentence, but Superior Court Judge Doug Goelz felt his conduct during the arrest merited a longer sentence.

Sarah Louise Heward

Sarah Louise Heward, 40, of South Bend was sentenced to 13 months in prison for second-degree assault and residential burglary on Feb. 17.

Heward and a friend went to the home of her ex-boyfriend, whom she believed had posted nude pictures of her on Facebook. When the encounter became tense, she pulled an unloaded pistol out of her shirt and pointed it at the ex and his mother.

Heward was arrested a few blocks away.

McClain said the decision to use a gun — even an unloaded one — was “unfortunate,” because it turned a confrontation into a felony assault.

“While the victims did not want her to go to prison, I simply could not agree because guns were involved. To do otherwise would simply not protect our community, nor those who are sent to investigate and intervene,” McClain said.

She must get treatment while in prison, and will serve 18 months of probation after release.

Jeremy Paul Mason

Jeremy Paul Mason, 40, was sentenced on Feb. 17 to 22 months in prison, after pleading guilty to his third failure to register as a sex offender. After release, Mason will be on probation for three years.

Yuri Pashang Lambert

Yuri Pashang Lambert, 46, of Oakland, California pleaded guilty on Feb. 10 to possession of psilocybin mushrooms. He is currently serving a three-month sentence in Pacific County Jail.

Rangers at Cape Disappointment State Park arrested Lambert in November, 2016, after they saw him and his college-aged son collecting mushrooms in the dunes.

To discourage people from harvesting (or inadvertently consuming) the abundant “magic mushrooms” that sprout all over the Peninsula in the fall, the park prohibits people from harvesting any mushrooms.

Many people think harvesting magic mushrooms is harmless, McClain said, but there are risks associated with consuming them — and possession is still a felony in Washington.

“We do not ordinarily treat these offenses as seriously as we do methamphetamine or heroin, and frequently seek enforcement with a shorter stay in our jail or occasionally, some other type of resolution,” McClain said.

However, Lambert had just been release from a nearly five-year prison sentence for possession of MDMA (commonly known as “Molly” or “ecstasy”) with intent to deliver.

“Also, Mr. Lambert wasted our officers’ time challenging the arrest and seizure of the drugs,” McClain added.

Lambert could have been sentenced to as much as six months in jail. After release, he will spend a year on probation, and will be required to go to drug treatment.

Austin O. Delanoy

Austin O. Delanoy, 20, pleaded guilty on Feb. 3 to first degree-burglary, a felony “strike” offense. He will serve 15 months in prison.

In January, deputies responded to a report that he assaulted a neighbor on Willapa Road, and pointed a gun at her. Deputies learned that Delanoy got angry at the victim when she kicked over her boyfriend’s motorcycle, and ordered her to leave the property. She returned to her trailer and locked the door. He climbed through an unlocked window and struck her face several times, chipping her front tooth. Delanoy then retrieved a rifle and threatened to shoot her. He left before deputies arrived.

Delanoy must undergo anger management training in prison. He will serve 18 months of probation upon release.

Justin J. Kimball

Justin Jeffrey Kimball, 35, of Raymond, was discharged on Jan. 27 from the drug court program, and sentenced to a year in prison.

McClain said the court made the decision after trying to get Kimball back on track with drug treatment and short jail sentences. The program is designed to offer addicts who are facing criminal charges support and accountability as they try to get clean. Successful participants receive dismissed or reduced penalties. Those who don’t meet the requirements get booted back to the traditional court system.

Kimball will seek drug treatment while in prison. He will serve one year of probation upon release.

James Earl Landrum

James Earl Landrum, 36, of Ocean Park, plead guilty on Jan. 27 to first-degree meth possession and trafficking in stolen property. As part of an alternative sentencing program, he will attend drug treatment, and then be subject to two years of post-treatment supervision. Landrum was arrested on an outstanding warrant for third-degree theft of a generator. Deputies learned Landrum gave the generator to someone to satisfy a debt, and lied about how he came to own it.

McClain charged Landrum with a felony because he had meth on him when he was arrested.

“Obviously, for me the two were not unrelated,” said Mark McClain, Pacific County Prosecutor.



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