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18 years old sentenced to 5 years for murdering 14 years old in Central Washington in 2020 | Local

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Eighteen-year-old Kent Anton Hewitt was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in a 14-year-old shooting death in 2020.

Hewitt was sentenced in the Yakima County High Court on Thursday after the victim’s family addressed Judge Richard H. Berteld.

Hewitt pleaded guilty to shooting Charlie Taylor with a shotgun on September 14, 2020. Taylor was shot at a house in 1100 blocks on Willow Street in Yakima and died at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital, court documents said. The document identified Hewitt and Taylor as members of the Nortenho gang.

Witnesses told investigators that Hewitt was playing with a shotgun and was told to put it down when it disappeared and hit Taylor with his foot. According to court documents, police officers found the gun hidden in the attic of the house while the car used to drive Taylor to the hospital was left in Wapato.

The detective identified Hewitt from surveillance video footage, the affidavit said.

Deputy prosecutor Heather Thorne said Hewitt, then 17 years old, would have been tried as a boy if he was charged with manslaughter. She said Hewitt had previously exhausted all rehabilitation efforts at the Juvenile Justice Center, so first-class adult accusations and trials were recommended.

Hewitt’s previous convictions included three thefts, drug possession, four assaults, and malicious mischief.

Attorney Christopher Swaby said he didn’t want to violate the agreement with the prosecution, but said he didn’t agree to put someone who was still a child in jail.

Berteld removed the deadly weapon enhancements from manslaughter before Hewitt went into his plea at the request of Thorn and Swabby on Thursday.

Comments from the victim’s family

Charlie Taylor

Taylor’s sisters Miranda Hawkins, Destiny Taylor, and Crystal Taylor shared their brother’s memories and the impact of his death on his family while speaking in court on Thursday.

Destiny said Taylor was intimate with his family. One of the big challenges was to see how his death affected Taylor’s niece and nephew, she said.

“Charlie was a fun uncle and everyone made me feel special,” she said.

She said there was no word to explain losing a child, losing for her mother, or losing her family.

“Our family feels that the responsible person must be responsible for their actions,” Destiny said.

Miranda said her brother had the spirit to brighten the room. She said he was always involved and a special person.

“The lives of everyone who loves him are never the same,” she said.

Hewitt apologized to Taylor’s family at a hearing.

“I’m sorry. I know it doesn’t help at all, but that’s all I can do,” he said. “Charlie was my friend. I wanted to prevent this from happening.”


Prior to issuing the judgment, Berteld told the court that the judicial system is currently not functioning.

“When do people wake up?” He said on Tuesday referring to 19 children and two teachers killed by an 18-year-old shooter at Robb Elementary School in Yuvarde, Texas.

“You didn’t have the right to wield a firearm,” Berteld told Hewitt, returning the conversation to the case.

“Mr. Hewitt, I feel some hope for you because you have accepted the responsibility,” continued Berteld. “It’s still hard to understand what was happening in your head (the day of the shoot).”

Berteld sentenced Hewitt to five years in prison. Hewitt will be detained for two years in October.

Bartheld also sentenced Hewitt to a further three years of community detention and a $ 600 fine at the time of release. When it comes to community management, Hewitt must be under strict supervision and meet guidelines that include the use of controlled drugs and the absence of firearms and ammunition, Berteld said.

“I hope you spend your time constructively (and) become a good and responsible citizen,” Berteld said.