Scott Harmier, who stabbed four people at the Last Frontier cardroom in Washington late last year, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after admitting his guilt.
As we reported previously, the then 41-year-old Vancouver man was caught on CCTV carrying out an unprovoked attack on a fellow player at The Last Frontier Casino poker room in LA Center.
A Frenzied Attack
Scott Harmier pulled a hunting knife from under the table and stabbed the man next to him five times in the head and chest.
The Vancouver, Washington man then indiscriminately lashed out at several bystanders who attempted to intervene, attempting to stab a woman at his table three times and then actually stabbing a fleeing patron twice outside the casino.
According to a police flash bulletin at the time, a total of four victims were transported by American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance crews to the hospital with knife wounds.
The four victims – later named as Bradley Harrington, Guao Liao, Song Rang and Virginia Rutty – suffered varying degrees of injury.
According to The Columbian newspaper, “Harrington told detectives he suffered a stab wound to his head … and he reported the weapon was a folding knife with a 4- to 5-inch (10-to 13-centimeter) blade.”
Rutty suffered stab wounds to her forehead, chest and arm while Song Rang “suffered stab wounds to her arm and neck.
” The fourth victim, Guao Liao, was “stabbed in his forehead and shoulder and had a large cut to his wrist”, according to the police affidavit.
Escape and Capture
Scott Harmier then drove off in a white Nissan sedan on I-205 and reached speeds of over 100mph.
Police attempted to “stinger” Harmier’s vehicle but eventually it took multiple police vehicles performing a PIT (Pursuit Immobilization Technique) manoeuvre to bring the pursuit to an end.
The suspect was arrested and investigators found blood on Harmier’s hoodie and a knife sheath on the passenger seat.
Facing the Music
Unable to meet the $1.5million bail set earlier in the year, Harmier – who originally pleaded guilty to all charges – remained in custody and was expected to go on trial in October.
However, facing life in prison, the defendant changed his plea to guilty on one count of first-degree felony assault and three counts of third-degree felony assault. One count of eluding a felony was dropped.
Judge David E. Gregerson agreed to the plea deal and on September 8th sentenced Scott Harmier to 25 years in prison.
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