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Plea deal for bulldozer rampage case?

March 20th, 2014 - 5:57am

(Port Angeles) A formal plea offer may be coming in the case of a bulldozer rampage nearly a year ago.

At a hearing in Clallam County Superior Court this week, Barry Swegle's attorney asked for a delay to wait for a possible formal plea offer from prosecutors in the case. Prosecutors have not indicated whether such a deal is coming.

Swegle was back in court yesterday for a hearing related to his mental competency to stand trial.

Swegle is facing multiple charges related to the incident last May in Gales Addition. Prosecutors say he hopped on a piece of logging equipment and leveled or damaged four homes, smashed a pickup truck and knocked down power lines in an apparent dispute with his neighbor.

Swegle was found incompetent to stand trial last fall and was sent to Western State Hospital for treatment.

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