Man admits guilt in burglary-assault case

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WALLA WALLA — The defendant in last month’s attack of a man at Affinity at Walla Walla faces several years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to four felonies.

Jason H. Beeman, 22, entered guilty pleas in Superior Court to the charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault and third degree assault.

The standard-range prison term for the crimes is about 5½ to 7½ years. He will be sentenced later.

Officials said Beeman tried to enter the back door of the retirement residence at 1706 Fairway Drive about 7 p.m. Sept. 14, supposedly wanting to speak with maintenance.

He then went around and entered through the front door, which should have been secured, and started confronting 56-year-old Bruce Boyington inside.

Beeman walked up to Boyington, told him he wanted all his money and threw two punches, according to a police report filed in court.

Beeman missed, but Boyington tripped and “Beeman got on top of him and started punching on his head,” the report says.

At that point, a police officer arrived and Beeman was taken into custody.

He also spat at a different officer at the scene and at the County Jail.

Beeman had been released from jail earlier in September after serving 60 days for damaging a door to an attorney-client visiting booth at the facility in December.

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

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