“Chris Was Stabbing Him, & I Was Pushing Him Out of the Truck” – 2 of 3 Saline County Youths Plead Guilty & SentencedJuly 9th, 2012 by Joe Burgess
Two of the three Saline County youths charged with the attempted capital murder of a Lacey man, aggravated robbery, theft of property, and theft by receiving, entered Guilty pleas, Friday, in Drew County Circuit Court.
One received a 25 year sentence, followed by a 15 year suspended sentence, and the other earned a 10 year sentence, followed by 10 more, suspended.
During his questioning, Blake Smith said, “Chris was stabbing him, and I was pushing him out of the truck,” describing the events of March 15, that almost took the life a 77 year old Lacey man.
Smith was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 15 more years, suspended.
Haley Thompson also entered a Guilty plea, to a reduced charges of robbery.
Thompson admitted to the court that she was present when they stole a car in Saline County, by force, before coming to Drew County. She also admitting that the three planned the attack on Bobby Strickland, when he returned to their broken down car to help them. She then admitted that as he lay bleeding in the roadway, she was moving stolen items and alcohol from their stolen vehicle, into his truck.
Thompson was sentenced to 121 months, with an additional 119 months suspended.
Both were taken to the Drew County Detention Facility, awaiting bed space.
No action was taken for the third youth, Christopher Darden.
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