Editor’s note: Today we’re starting something new, though in a sense we’re replacing an old feature. Up until about two years ago, we routinely published records of all Superior Court felony dispositions. We discontinued the practice because new court management systems make it difficult and too time-consuming to track the thousands of cases the court adjudicates annually. Now, once a week, we will briefly summarize results and developments in some of the more notable cases. Major stories that arise in the court system still will get separate and prominent stories. But we hope that this weekly court roundup makes our reporting on significant cases more timely and complete. Today, we’ll catch up with some older cases.
Derek Alan Mathews, 31, of Kelso pleaded guilty Sept. 18 to first-degree child molestation. Police arrested him in early August on suspicion that he inappropriately touched a five-year-old girl. He was sentenced Oct. 30 to four years and three months in prison and up to lifetime probation.
David Selmer Nelson, 81, of Longview pleaded guilty Sept. 10 to first-degree rape of a child domestic violence and first-degree child molestation. He admitted to inappropriately touching two girls, 12 and 8. He was sentenced Nov. 6 to 10 years in prison and lifetime probation.
Kevin Leonard Neeley, 45, of Longview pleaded guilty Oct. 2 to eight counts of first-degree possession of child pornography and two counts of second-degree possession of child pornography. Police received a tip that Neeley was storing about 50 files depicting child pornography through his Dropbox account, according to his arrest records, and determined he had previous convictions for sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of child pornography. Neeley told Vancouver police that he would meet subjects online to procure child pornography and used his collection of the material as “currency” to seek out and trade for more online. He was sentenced Nov. 13 to 10 years in prison, three years of probation and payment of $10,000 in fees.
Luis Manuel Olaez Apodaca, 35, of Longview pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to 10 counts of second-degree theft in a case that involved the defrauding of thousands of dollars from Olaez Apodaca’s employer, United Finance Company. Police arrested him on suspicion that he created fraudulent accounts using customer information he accessed through his position, and used those accounts to issue checks to himself for personal gain. He was sentenced Nov. 20 to two years and four months in prison.
The following trials and sentencings are scheduled for next week and are slated for coverage in TDN:
- A second sentencing for Fernando Jaca-Ortiz, whose nearly 13-year prison sentence in 2016 was overturned by the Washington State Court of Appeals in February due to errors in jury instruction. His conviction was overturned, but he pleaded guilty to his charges of first and second-degree assault Wednesday.
- Sentencing for fourth-degree assault charges against Skyler Davidson, a Kelso man who said he fired a warning arrow toward a man he believed was committing an assault.
- Sentencing for Bryan Alexander Schneider, who pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree child molestation and one count of third-degree child molestation.