(By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent)
Judge declines exceptional sentencing requests from defense, prosecution…
At a sentencing hearing last Tuesday, Judge Pat Monasmith sentenced Sherman Akina, 21, to 90 months jail for the crime of first degree manslaughter.
Akina was convicted of the crime in a jury trial in May for hitting Jon Bumatay with his car on a residential street in Chewelah during a dispute about Akina’s girlfriend. The jury found Akina guilty of first degree manslaughter, a lesser charge than the second degree murder sought by the prosecution.
The jury found that Akina was guilty of killing Bumatay due to reckless behavior, as in the case of manslaughter, and not due to intent, as required by a murder charge. The standard sentencing range for first degree manslaughter is six and a half to eight years in prison.
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said the prosecution had argued that Akina’s actions did show intent and deserved more than the usual manslaughter sentence, manslaughter sentence, recommending 102 months jail with three years’ probation. More