Man in gun threat case pleads guilty


WALLA WALLA — The case against a man accused of holding a woman against her will for several hours at a local residence last month has been reduced in exchange for his guilty pleas to two felony charges.

Kyle R. Jamerson — who had been facing four felonies — pleaded guilty in Superior Court this morning to harassment (threat to kill) — domestic violence, and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jamerson, 27, faces a standard-range prison term of 17-22 months when he’s sentenced later. In a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending he be ordered to serve the low end of that range.

Officials said Jamerson became enraged while at an apartment in the 1000 block of Alvarado Terrace early on the morning of Dec. 6, pointed a 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 has five felony convictions on his record, so is not allowed to have a gun — was arrested that afternoon after being seen near the intersection of 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.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden said in an interview he agreed to reduce the case because some of the initial charges may have been difficult to prove.


chicoli 2 years, 7 months ago

What?...Dificult to prove? Like the previous Prosecuting Attorney , Joe Golden is sending the wrong message to criminals out there. Dodging a difficult to prove case does not serve well to the community he is supposed to protect. This criminal case represents an incredible violation of the constitutionally protected freedom and the right to life of this unfortunate lady. She is going to be emotionally traumatized for life. Mr. Golden's job is supposed to be difficult. Protecting our community is supposed to be difficult. Voting against him is going to be very easy.


wwnative 2 years, 7 months ago

The prosecutors in this town don't seem to have any desire to try these people, and take the easy way out. They may have to actually do some hard work to get a conviction. But they can softball the charges and get an easy conviction. And then after threatening the lives of not only the victims, but potentially the lives of police officers, they recommend the low end of the possible sentence. Epic. Maybe we can get the defense attorneys to prosecute these cases. The results would be the same, and we could save the cost of the prosecuting attorneys.


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