Sgt. Terry Preuninger, PIO
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3:14 p.m.
Two Men were recently given significant sentences after being convicted of crimes they committed in October of 2017, in an incident where they shot multiple rounds at an occupied home. People in the home narrowly missed being hit and evidence collected showed the shooting was, at least in part, racially motivated. At the conclusion of the court proceedings the defendants received sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole and 15 years respectively.
On October 8, 2017 at 2422 N. Wiscomb the victim was in his garage working when two men out in the street began calling him racial epithets. After a few moments the two men walked across the street and into his garage. One of the men punched the victim in the head, then pulled out a “snub nose revolver”, pointed it at the victim and threatened to kill him, the two men then left. A short time later while the victim was in his home with three other people someone shot multiple rounds into the house, many of the bullets penetrated the home and made it inside. SPD responded and began an investigation, collecting spent shell casings, fired bullets and other evidence.
A Spokane Police Department Major Crimes Detective identified the men from the initial assault and developed probable cause to arrest them for the shooting.
Early this year Donald Prichard was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in his “third strike.” He was convicted of four counts of 2nd degree assault, one count of burglary and one count of malicious harassment.
The second assailant involved in the incident, Jason Cooper has received a sentence of 15 years for his part in the crime.
See #2017-20200773 for information related to this case.
Officer John O'Brien