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Martin Pleads Guilty in Child Care Assault Case

Mercer Island Judge Wayne Stewart continued sentencing to July 31 to could consider what type of punishment to impose for misdemeanor assault and vandalism.

Former family child day care business-owner Laura C. Martin plead guilty on Tuesday, June 19 to charges of assualt and vandalism in .

Judge Wayne Stewart continued sentencing to July 31 so he could consider what type of punishment to impose. Fourth-degree assault and battery and third-degree malicious mischief are both gross misdemeanors in Washington State, each carrying a maximum possible sentence of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. 

Martin, 46, ran out of her home for over a decade and was and then damaged her boyfriend's truck and attacked him with an 8-inch kitchen knife as parents arrived to pick up their children.

Sarah Gregory June 27, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Dear Mr. Watson, I am writing to you with great concern as to where you obtain your information in regards to Ms. Martin's case. You not only need to write in proper english and use correct grammar and punctuation but, you also need to get your facts straight. First and foremost, you need to know and report only the facts, without judging or adding your personal opinion. I would ask that you refer your questions only to Judge Wayne Stewart. You have stated in your report false information. You have published in the MI patch incorrect and degrading information without consulting the proper authorities. Ms. Martin pleaded to a "speedy trial waiver" which avoids a jury trial. It therefore means that she pleaded guilty in order to speed up the process. For the record, the prosecuting attorney asked for 7 days in jail and community service. Please stick to the facts. I know because I was there. You were not.
Sarah Gregory June 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I will forward my comment to the Mi reporter and the Channel 5 news.
Kendall Watson June 27, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Thanks for your comments, Ms. Gregory. While it's true that I was not there in the courtroom, these facts can be determined from court records and Ms. Martin's guilty plea: to 4th degree assault and 3rd degree malicious mischief. That was what she was charged with. You can't plead guilty to a "Speedy Trial Waiver" ( I assume you actually mean she is signing Jury Trial Waiver, which are different things). A speedy trial waiver has nothing to do with the criminal charges, it has to do with your rights to be heard. I appreciate you clarifying that the acting prosecutor did not request the maximum sentence. This does not change the maximum sentencing guidelines, which can — which I would agree, seems pretty unlikely — be applied by Judge Stewart. That's Washington State law. Those are the facts.

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