- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - A historic hotel’s owner will be sentenced for intimidating the judge who was involved in his DUI case.

The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/29e3sUC) the prosecution argued 51-year-old Phil Lovingfoss was drunk but coherent when he called police almost a year ago and threatened Judge Ed Putka.

Police say Lovingfoss told dispatchers that he would take his 35-carat diamond ring and backhand Putka, among other threats.

Defense attorney Jim Morgan brought in two psychologists to testify and argued Lovingfoss had a mental disorder.

Closing arguments ended midafternoon Friday and jurors reached the guilty verdict by about 5 p.m.

The defense did not provide comment after the verdict.

The Monticello Hotel owner remains free head of sentencing scheduled for July 12.


Information from: The Daily News, https://www.tdn.com

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