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Editor’s note: This story is part of our new weekly roundup of significant cases from Cowlitz Superior Court


Joshua Lomeli, aka Dayshawn Joshua Namock, 18, of Longview was sentenced on Tuesday to four years and eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to shooting at two Kelso men with a handgun in September (a charge of first-degree attempted assault.) The prosecutor recommended a lower sentence due to his age and lack of criminal history. He also will serve three years on probation.

Vehicular assault

Todd Mitchell Lautenbach, 50, of Gresham, Ore., was sentenced on Thursday to one year in jail, with all but two days suspended, after pleading guilty in December to vehicular assault and driving while under the influence in July. Lautenbach also will serve some time under an electronic monitoring device.

Police arrested Lautenbach after he struck a vehicle containing a 7-year-old passenger who struck her head on the dashboard and suffered a severe cut on her head. When contacted after the crash, Lautenbach “smelled heavily of alcohol, slurred his speech,” and blew a BAC breath test of .230 (nearly three times the legal level of intoxication), according to police.

Reckless Endangerment

Zephaniah Pekrul, 29, of Kelso was sentenced on Tuesday to a suspended year in jail after he pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment domestic violence. He admitted to touching his son with a hot spatula in April. He was originally charged with third-degree assault of a child, which prosecutors amended to the lesser charge.

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