Walla Walla drug dealer sentenced to prison

Terry L. Knapp pleaded guilty this month to dealing marijuana out of his home near Sharpstein Elementary School.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was ordered Monday afternoon to serve a two-year prison term for selling marijuana from his home near Sharpstein Elementary School last spring.

Terry L. Knapp, 58, of 712 Whitman St., was sentenced to the low end of the standard range of two years to 21/2 years he faced.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann followed a prosecution recommendation.

Lohrmann gave Knapp credit for the 75 days he's already served in the County Jail and placed him on a year of community custody, a form of probation, when he's released from prison.

Through his attorney Jim Barrett, Knapp asked for an alternative sentence that would have reduced the time behind bars in exchange for a requirement he complete outpatient drug treatment.

But Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gabriel Acosta opposed the alternative, saying he's not sure Knapp has a drug addiction problem to address. Acosta added he doesn't believe Knapp would follow through on treatment, judging from difficulties the city of Walla Walla has had over the years convincing Knapp to bring his Whitman Street property into code compliance.

Knapp pleaded guilty July 15 to delivery of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop in April. He also entered a guilty plea to possessing the controlled substance with intent to deliver in May when his house was raided.

Two additional counts of marijuana delivery and one count of using drug paraphernalia were dismissed in a plea agreement.

Knapp admitted selling marijuana April 21. Police said the transaction occurred when a confidential informant went to Knapp's house, about a block-and-a-half east of Sharpstein.

Knapp also was accused of similar sales May 3 and May 11. On each occasion, Knapp sold about 56 grams (two ounces) to the informant for $620, according to a police report filed in court.

Knapp was arrested the evening of May 11 in the law enforcement raid at his home. Armed with a search warrant, officials entered the residence about 8 p.m. and discovered about six pounds of processed marijuana -- in 12 half-pound vacuum-sealed bags -- with a street value of nearly $30,000, police said.

Scales, packaging materials and more than $1,500 in cash also were seized.

Although Knapp is a convicted felon and has an extensive criminal history in the Walla Walla area, he reportedly had two medical marijuana permits. However, his pot possession was limited to a total of three pounds and its sale isn't allowed, the police report says.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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