Harasser monitored electronically
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
December 26, 2008 · 2:28 PM
A 49-year-old Bellingham resident accused of using racial slurs and threatening a man who allegedly beat his daughter received a sentence of electronic home monitoring, according to court documents.
Timothy Scott pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Dec. 1 to harassment as part of a plea bargain.
Judge Vickie Churchill agreed with a sentence recommended by both the prosecution and defense. She sentenced Scott to 365 days in jail, with 305 days suspended. She ruled that he can serve the 60 days at home through an electronic monitoring program.
In addition, she ordered Scott to pay $717 in fines and fees.
Oak Harbor Police Officer Ron Hofkamp arrested a man for an alleged domestic violence assault April 21. During an interview, the suspect asked Hofkamp to listen to threatening messages on his cellphone.
A caller, later identified as Scott, yelled racial slurs and threatened to kill the man, the report indicates. The alleged victim was identified as an African-American man.
Scott said “he was going to kill (the man), eat his brains, bury him in the hills, etc.,” Hofkamp wrote.
The report indicates that Scott was upset at the man because he had assaulted Scott’s daughter, who was the victim of the domestic violence for which the man was arrested.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.