Oak Harbor throat slasher sent to prison
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
June 19, 2012 · Updated 2:28 PM
A 26-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of slashing another man’s throat with a broken beer bottle at a nightclub in February was recently sent to prison.
Shaunyae Allen pleaded guilty by way of an Alford’s plea in Island County Superior Court June 4 to assault in the second degree. An Alford’s plea means that Allen doesn’t admit his guilt, but concedes that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict him at trial.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme recommended a sentence of two years and two months in prison. The judge agreed with the recommendation.
Ohme said one of his chief concerns was to make sure that Allen was convicted of his second strike under the state’s “three strikes law.” Allen previously pleaded guilty to second-degree assault for pointing a gun at a woman he wrongly thought was involved in an altercation at Oak Harbor’s Element nightclub on New Year’s Eve. Allen was the victim of a drive-by shooting that night, but wasn’t injured.
The assault occurred at Club Element Feb. 18 at about 1 a.m. A witness told investigators that the fight started between Allen and another 26-year-old man after the man hugged a woman, which apparently upset Allen.
Allen grabbed the front of the other man’s shirt and the man pushed him back. The men started wrestling and fell to the ground. Allen was holding a bottle of Corona beer; he broke the bottle on the ground and slashed the other man’s face, according to the police report.
The club’s bouncers separated the two men and escorted Allen out of the club. A witness reported that blood “squirted and gushed onto the floor” from the victim, the police report states. The man, who suffered several lacerations to the throat and chin, was transported to the hospital and immediately went into surgery. He was moved to the intensive care unit afterward and placed on a ventilator for several days.
The man said the doctors told him that one of the lacerations was about 2 centimeters from piercing his carotid artery. He received 70 stitches.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.