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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Teen likely to be tried as an adult (for killing a registered sex offender)

1-4-2006 Washington:A 16-year-old Yakima youth faces arraignment in adult court Tuesday on a likely charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of James Garrett in his west Yakima apartment earlier this week. The youth, identified as Joshua Collett, made a preliminary appearance Thursday in Yakima County Juvenile Court where he was told of the possible charges against him.

Collett's case will be transferred automatically to Superior Court under state law because of his age and the seriousness of the offense. Court Commissioner Robert Inouye set bail at $1 million, based on the crime and the youth's criminal history.

His record includes a number of arrests dating back to late 2002, including several minor assaults, a residential burglary and taking a vehicle without permission, according to court records. During the brief hearing, Inouye pressed prosecutors for more information based on a one-paragraph probable cause statement.

The statement, filed by police, indicated Garrett, a Level II sex offender, had held frequent parties at his residence, and that a number of young males had been at the apartment from time to time. A deputy prosecutor subsequently told Inouye that Collett had admitted to police his involvement in the shooting during questioning Wednesday at the Yakima Police Department.

Garrett was found dead on the living room floor of his apartment at 4081/2 South 18th Ave. A .22-caliber rifle and two spent shell casings were found on the kitchen floor, court documents said. Garrett died of a single gunshot wound to the head. ..more.. : by DAVID LESTER, YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC.


Teen sentenced in sex offender slaying
12-14-2006 Washington

YAKIMA -- A Yakima teen-ager who killed a registered sex offender has been sentenced to ten years in prison.

Seventeen-year-old Joshua J. Collett pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for shooting 63-year-old James Richard Garrett last December at his home in Yakima. Collett says Garrett had sexually assaulted him.

Collett received a sentence of less than four years for manslaughter. He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of assault for wounding a man after robbing a taco truck. He was sentenced yesterday to the longer, ten-year term, for the assault. ..more.. by

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