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Criminal with Grays Harbor ties could see 3 strikes

December 12, 2013

Douglas County prosecutors are seeking life in prison under Washington’s “three strikes” law for a convicted child molester and heroin addict with Grays Harbor ties, now suspected of burglary.

The Wenatchee World reports that 46 year old Scott Allen Mitchell was arrested Nov. 22 in East Wenatchee as police investigated a burglary where a flatscreen TV, seven fishing rods, one rifle and two shotguns were taken. Also missing was the homeowner’s truck and the fishing boat it was towing; both were later recovered in a parking lot with the stolen firearms left inside.

Police said Mitchell confessed to the burglary, as well as to heroin addiction. He was previously convicted of first-degree child molestation in Grays Harbor County in 1997, and of first-degree robbery in King County in 1985. Douglas County deputy prosecutor Eric Biggar filed notice Friday that he would prosecute Mitchell for the burglary under the state’s Persistent Offender Accountability Act, which would lead to a sentence of life imprisonment upon conviction.

The act, also called the “three strikes” law, carries a life term without parole for those convicted of their third “most serious offense,” a category that includes major felonies such as Mitchell’s prior crimes.

Mitchell also faces charges in Chelan County of unlawful delivery of heroin, after police said he sold drugs to an informant; and possession of pseudoephedrine, after allegedly buying more than 10 grams of the controlled cold remedy at five pharmacies in less than an hour. The substance, used to synthesize methamphetamine, is limited in Washington to 3.6 grams purchased per day.

Mitchell remains housed in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center on $150,000 bond. His trial date has not been set.

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