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Salkum Shooting Sentence

Posted on 30th September 2011 at 08:32

One of the men involved in a triple-murder at a home near Salkum in August of last year is going to prison for 14 years, the result of a plea agreement in Lewis County Superior Court. The Centralia Chronicle reports on the sentencing of Ryan J. McCarthy, who used to live in Onalaska. McCarthy is pleading guilty to charges of first-degree robbery, residential burglary and first-degree attempted extortion in connection with the shooting deaths of David West, Sr., 52, David West, Jr., 16, and Tony Williams, 50, of Mineral. The shootings took place on August 21st of last year, in what authorities say was a drug debt collection attempt that went terribly awry. McCarthy’s attorney says that he took the plea deal to avoid a life prison term for murder convictions. Judge Richard Brosey says expressed disappointment that he couldn’t impose a longer prison term, saying that McCarthy deserves a “very long, very severe sentence.” John Allen Booth, Jr., 32, is accused of being the triggerman in the killings, and is scheduled to go to trial on multiple counts of murder in November.