Man sentenced to prison in gun threat case

Kyle R. Jamerson pleaded guilty in January to harassment and weapons charges.


WALLA WALLA — A man who unlawfully possessed a sawed-off shotgun and threatened to kill a woman at a local residence in December has been sentenced to more than a year-and-a-half in prison.

Kyle R. Jamerson, 27, was ordered to serve 19 months, which is near the middle of the 17- to 22-month standard-range prison term he faced.

In imposing the sentence, Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann declined to go along with a prosecution recommendation of the low end of 17 months included in a plea agreement.

“The incident was dangerous, violent and something that warrants more than the minimum under the circumstances,” Lohrmann said in court Thursday when he imposed the prison term. The sentencing was concluded Monday afternoon with a determination that the crimes Jamerson committed are not eligible for post-prison supervision.

He has been given credit for the approximately 60 days he’s served in the County Jail.

Jamerson, who has five prior felonies on his record, apologized to the victim, and to his friends and family at Thursday’s hearing.

“I know that drugs played a major role in what I did,” he said. Coupled with an anger management problem, “I pretty much went over the hill.”

Jamerson added he doesn’t want to continue committing crimes and intends to avail himself of programs in prison.

“This is a huge step backwards to me,” he said.

His attorney, Jerry Makus, told Lohrmann that Jamerson has a lot of community support and wants to be a better citizen.

Jamerson pleaded guilty Jan. 25 to the crimes of harassment — domestic violence, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Officials said he became enraged while at an apartment in the 1000 block of Alvarado Terrace early on the morning of Dec. 6, pointed the sawed-off, 12-gauge shotgun at Kimberly S. Hodgen, said she wasn’t allowed to leave and threatened to kill her. Jamerson and Hodgen previously were in a relationship, according to a police report filed in court.

A female witness “reported she heard Kyle state that he had three (3) shells for the shotgun with one of the shells for Kimberly, one for Kyle, and one for Law Enforcement that Kyle claimed to have called,” the report says.

Hodgen was able to escape after one of the women became ill and they all went to a local hospital, according to police.

Jamerson — who isn’t allowed to have a gun because of his criminal history — was arrested that afternoon after being seen near University and Stanton streets.

He initially was charged with first-degree kidnapping — domestic violence, second-degree assault — domestic violence, possession of an unlawful firearm and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

But the case against him was reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas.


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