West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Standoff-suspect plea deal

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.

10 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch followup: Standoff-suspect plea deal"

  • katiem August 29, 2011 (8:02 pm)

    Programs for substance abuse and domestic-violence prevention will also be recommended? I sure hope they get ordered.
    Nothing from this will prevent him from once again stockpiling guns, (just like the previous cache they found earlier this year when police took him into custody for his threats to kill his stepfather), right?

  • hoffanimal August 29, 2011 (9:09 pm)

    1-3 months for this scumbag. Get serious.

  • Adam August 29, 2011 (9:47 pm)

    Weapons violence charge turns into 1-3 months?

  • Delridgian August 29, 2011 (9:52 pm)

    Congratulations justice on another huge failure.

    I give it a year before he does something even more serious.

  • Kermit August 29, 2011 (9:59 pm)

    Well at least now he’s a felon. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. It was only a matter of time anyhow.

  • fanofFSPD August 30, 2011 (12:51 pm)

    you WSB ppl make me laugh once again your spouting off halfwit remarks @katiem: stockpiling guns again? not one gun in the delridge home was jorys he never had any gun at the time of living there or that night so lets get that straight. and for that other incident it doesn’t say that all charges where dropped due to an illegal search and seizure and police brutality huh? I love how u WSB’rs spout off remarks about stuff you don’t even know the facts about. @Delridgian: and I’m still waiting on you to tell me how my dog was killed due to negligence? are you sure it wasn’t the 2 Ignorant “African American” males jumping over my fence and trying to steal him and running him over with there truck in the process negligence? I don’t call it negligence I call it ignorance.

  • Delridgian August 30, 2011 (3:32 pm)

    @fanofFSPD – That night I heard what sounded like a car getting hit and rushed outside to see what had happened.

    I saw the gate opened in the yard, and then everyone rushed out of the house.

    I saw someone start punching a black car which they blamed for hitting the dog.

    The whole incident made me sick to my stomach, so I was able to understand/tolerate the noise which lasted until 3 AM.

    Being waken up at 4 AM to the SWAT team calling for people to leave the house and then the fools cowering in the basement rather than ending the standoff? Not so much.

  • Lafayette parent August 30, 2011 (5:52 pm)

    My child went through school with Jory, kindergarten through high school, so I’ve known of Jory for a very long time. I’ve seen his mom, his brother and his grandparents in the neighborhood (small town West Seattle) It makes me sad that Jory’s anger led him to get involved in the recent events. Hopefully he will be able to resolve that anger and go on to a more productive life. If anyone passes this on to Jory, I want to say this to him: Jory, don’t waste your life on anger and give up your freedom for jailtime…why would you want to do that? Change those things in your life and/or get away from the people you can’t trust. You are a man now and as such you can create the life you want. We all need a little help now and then…take the help and then go fishing…skip the drama, drugs and drunkenness…they lead nowhere fast (from my own experience) My prayers are with you.

  • oldman24 August 30, 2011 (10:38 pm)

    FanofFSPD: well said, we both, and everyone who bothered to stay in contact woth Jory know you’re correct and everyone else on here including the blog itself are just a bunch of made up lies. They can’t even get the court statement right, NOR is it ANY of your business.

    Lafayette parent: Thanks, that will get back to Jory.

    As for everyone else, check up on your facts and information for yourself. If you’re not even involved with Jory now and still checking up on this case months later i’d label you pathetic. You have no idea what is actually going on, if you want to talk like this, at least say it to him; instead of hiding behind a blog.

    • WSB August 30, 2011 (10:57 pm)

      Oldman24 – Sorry, no “made-up lies” in our story unless you are accusing the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and King County Superior Court of lying, which you may be. Our reporting comes directly from official court documents, procured through King County Electronic Court Records, which is accessible by the general public as well as news media. The court document labeled “Statement of Defendant on Plea of Guilty” includes a handwritten passage: “I had a dating relationship with the victim (name). On 7/11/2011, I did cause bodily harm accompanied by substantial pain that did (illegible) to (victim’s name). I did this by shoving her and biting her. I acted with criminal negligence. – JP” The document is dated August 23, 2011, signed by the defendant, his lawyer, and the prosecutor. We will not republish the document here because it is full of victim and witness names, but you can get it yourself through ECR Online, or by going to the court clerk’s office downtown, if you still refuse to believe it. One other thing: Crime is everybody’s business, and that’s why we and other news organizations report on it. The fact that it is “everybody’s business” is not just an opinion – it is the law. The prosecution of this and other crimes is in the name of the State of Washington – and that means all of its 6.7 million citizens. – Tracy

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