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Washington: Consecutive Sentences Affirmed

In an unpublished opinion from a Washington State appellate court, state prisoner Jordan Knippling was denied relief on his claim that he was given an exceptional sentence without notice. The complaint was filed following Knippling’s being sentenced to 43 months for a custodial assault he committed while in custody for a previous assault. On January 14, 2009, Knippling received a 50-month sentence for the previous assault, and, two days later, the 43-month sentence was imposed to run consecutively. Knippling appealed this “stacking” of his sentences, accusing prosecutors of manipulating his sentencing dates in order to impose an exceptional sentence.

On appeal, it was determined the trial court complied with constitutional and procedural requirements in this case and properly exercised its discretion under RCW 9.94A.589(3). Therefore, the imposition of the consecutive sentences was affirmed. See: Wash. v. Knippling, Wash. App., Div. III, #27769-1-III (2010). 

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Wash. v. Knippling