Last week, the 17-year-old juvenile suspect who attempted to shoot Spokane Valley Deputy Jessie Depriest with a sawed-off shotgun in March was sentenced to 160 months (13.3 years) in Spokane County Superior Court as part of a plea agreement.
The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office declined to prosecute Colton B. Singleton, already a convicted felon, as a juvenile and charged him as an adult, said Deputy Mark Gregory, police spokesman.
On March 27 at approximately 10 a.m., Spokane Valley deputies responded to a vehicle prowling in the 15800 block of East Valleyway. A description of the suspects was broadcast for the deputies as they arrived in the area.
In the 15800 block of East Sprague, Spokane Valley Deputy Jessie Depriest observed two suspects matching the description broadcast earlier and stopped his marked patrol car to make contact. As Depriest exited his vehicle, 22-year-old Ilder E. Vasquez moved toward him as Singleton pulled a shortened, “pistol grip” style shotgun and pointed it at the deputy.
Depriest moved quickly toward cover as he drew his weapon. Singleton dropped the shotgun before being taken into custody while Vasquez fled the area on foot but was arrested a short time later.
As Singleton was taken into custody he stated, “I forgot to take the safety off.” Singleton was belligerent calling the deputies “F-ing Pigs” and stated during an interview he didn’t like cops, he did not speak “Pig Latin”, and cops are “F-ing corrupt.”
As part of the plea, Singleton pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.