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Sentencing next month in bulldozer rampage

May 27th, 2014 - 5:36am

(Port Angeles) A Port Angeles man will be sentenced in two weeks for plowing over homes, power poles and a pickup truck last May east of Port Angeles.

52-year-old Barry Swegle plead guilty to charges in the case Friday, avoiding a trial set to start June 11th.

Instead, he'll receive his sentence on that date.

Swegle admitted guilt to seven counts of first degree malicious mischief and three counts of gross misdemeanor reckless endangerment. He faces a maximum sentence of just under 2 and half years in prison in the plea deal.

Swegle has already been incarcerated more than a year.

Prosecutors say Swegle used a large bulldozer to level or damage four homes, smash a pickup truck and knock down power lines in an apparent dispute with his neighbor in Gales Addition.

Clallam chief criminal deputy prosecutor John Troberg says stronger, felony charges against Swegle couldn't be supported at trial with the admissible evidence.

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