Man sentenced for lying about shooting

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WALLA WALLA — A defendant was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to one year and one month in prison for lying to authorities after the shooting of a man in an Eastgate alley in April.

Shawn A. Crump, 21, was ordered to serve the low end of the 13- to 17-month prison term he faced under the state’s standard sentencing laws.

He was given credit for the 142 days he’d already served in the County Jail.

In imposing the sentence, Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation included in a plea agreement.

Lohrmann also assessed Crump a total of $1,737 in various court fees and costs, not including an amount of restitution to be determined later.

Crump pleaded guilty July 22 to first-degree rendering criminal assistance, which was reduced from an initial charge of first-degree assault.

He didn’t pull the trigger, officials said. But he deceived police by saying he wasn’t near the April 13 shooting in the alley behind the 1700 block of Portland Avenue, when he actually was at the scene.

Police allege it was a co-defendant, Timothy T. Parlor, who shot 26-year-old Blake D. Nelson. Nelson reportedly suffered .22-caliber bullet wounds to his chest, hand and head.

At Tuesday’s sentencing, Crump’s attorney, Robin Olson, said Crump was “as surprised as anybody” when the shots were fired and ran in fear. Crump and his family then were threatened, which is why he lied, Olson said.

No one in the courtroom gallery spoke at Tuesday’s hearing. But in a letter to Lohrmann, Nelson’s mother, Donna Nelson, told of her disappointment in the plea agreement, and the lingering physical and emotional scars the shooting inflicted on her son.

Blake Nelson suffers from post-traumatic stress, anxiety and lack of sleep, according to his mother.

“Shawn Crump may be a small player in this shooting, but in my opinion he is just as guilty as Timothy Parlor, the actual shooter in this case,” Donna Nelson wrote.

Police said Blake Nelson drove to the Eastgate alley about 3 a.m. with passengers Parlor, 19, and Crump. Parlor then allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Nelson.

Parlor and Crump ran to a nearby residence and, a short time later, Nelson staggered into Aziz Chevron, 1916 Isaacs Ave., and was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a police report filed in court.

At the residence, Parlor and Crump reportedly acted agitated and, according to an unnamed witness, made statements indicating Parlor could have pulled the trigger.

Parlor and Crump were apprehended later. Parlor is in the County Jail awaiting trial on a first-degree assault charge.

Prosecutors also have charged Lucas M. Hancock, 22, of 816 Figueroa St., with first-degree rendering criminal assistance. Hancock allegedly helped Crump after the shooting by picking him up at the residence and giving him a ride from the area.

Police have not released a specific motive for the shooting.

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

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