Several people were sentenced to prison yesterday in separate court cases. The Daily News reports on the court activity, starting with the life sentence handed down to Joshua Ray Phillips, 23. Back on August 19th, a jury convicted Phillips of solicitation of murder, second-degree robbery, and second-degree theft. He was acquitted on a first-degree robbery charge. He’d been accused of robbing two women in October of 2008, then he tried to hire a jail inmate to kill a prime witness in the case. This was Phillips “third strike,” and under that law, he’s automatically sentenced to life in prison without parole. An appeal is being planned.
Dylan Daniel Kelley, 23, of Longview and Torey Antion Petersen, 22, were both sentenced in connection with a June 23rd strongarm robbery of an elderly woman, an incident that involved the pepper-spraying of the victim, and a standoff with police. After entering a guilty plea on Tuesday, Petersen was sentenced to seven years in prison, while Kelley got a year behind bars.
Thomas Jeffrey Cecil, 26, of Longview will spend 43 months in prison, after he was sentenced on multiple charges connected to an incident on July 22nd. A Longview Police Officer was trying to arrest Cecil, who then dragged the Officer with his car. On Tuesday, Cecil entered guilty pleas for intentional second-degree assault with reckless infliction, third-degree escape and possession of heroin. He also entered an Alford Plea on a third-degree assault charge, reportedly saying that he didn’t recall the facts of the incident, but admitting that authorities had enough evidence to convict him.
Sentencing has been set for Tuesday, December 7th for Vincente Osorio Huerta, 36, of Kelso, after he admitted to molesting four young females between 2003 and this year. Huerta is pleading guilty to separate counts of first-degree child molestation, with each count involving a minor female victim. A pre-sentence investigation will be conducted; sentencing is set for 1 pm on December 7th.