Routine check of the court files on several cases we’re following brings news of a plea bargain in the assault case related to a SWAT standoff that closed Delridge for several hours the morning of July 15th: 20-year-old Jory Preston was originally charged with 2 counts of domestic-violence assault, 2nd-degree and 4th-degree, for 2 July incidents involving his ex-girlfriend, including the one that led to the police search that resulted in the standoff. Online court records show that last week, he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree domestic-violence assault, involving only a July 11th incident in which he admitted to “shoving and biting” the victim. The charge carries a standard sentencing range of 1 to 3 months, and documents in the case indicate that prosecutors will recommend a sentence of “credit for time served.” He has been in jail since turning himself in at the Southwest Precinct, ending the police standoff outside his home on Delridge, which turned out to instead have two other people inside who said they didn’t come out because they were scared. Programs for substance abuse and domestic-violence prevention also will be recommended. Court documents say Preston has no prior felony convictions. He is scheduled to be sentenced this Friday afternoon by King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi.
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