Sentence suspended in shoving of officers

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WALLA WALLA — A man has been handed a suspended sentence for shoving three police officers who responded to a report in November that he tried to rape a woman at a local residence.

Brendan F. Nichols, 35, was ordered to serve 364 days in the County Jail, with 233 suspended and credit for 131 he spent from when he was arrested until his release on bail March 22.

He also was placed on a year of probation and must pay a total of $4,741 in restitution, costs and fees.

In imposing the sentence Thursday, Walla Walla County Superior Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation.

Nichols pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of fourth-degree assault for shoving the officers about 10:15 p.m. Nov. 10.

He allegedly had tried to rape the woman with whom he is acquainted and struck a man — who tried to intervene — in the jaw.

Nichols reportedly admitted he had been using marijuana and cocaine, and was booked into jail after being restrained at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

He initially was charged with second-degree attempted rape, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and two counts of harassment.

But Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden agreed to reduce the case because the victim of the alleged attempted rape didn’t want to pursue the matter and would not cooperate in the investigation.

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