Video: Six-month sentence for repeat offender Alan Polevia

Courtroom coverage by Katie Meyer/reporter, Patrick Sand/video:

Sentencing Alan Polevia this afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert went along with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office recommendation of a six-month sentence – with credit for the three months Polevia’s been in jail since his arrest in late June.

He is the repeat offender who made news for escaping from police custody at Harborview Medical Center in February – while handcuffed; then was spotted in Shorewood on March 5th, leading to hours of helicopter-augmented searching; then was taken into custody three weeks later. He spent three days in jail; shortly afterward, he was charged in a West Seattle burglary case from six months earlier, but didn’t appear for arraignment, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Then on June 11th, he was arrested in Arbor Heights – and released less than two weeks later, after his bail was reduced. Within 24 hours of that release, on June 24th, he was arrested yet again, in a case that led to a charge of second-degree burglary, involving a house on 28th SW just south of the city limits that was vacant because of fire damage several weeks earlier. Polevia’s plea bargain includes both that burglary, to which he pleaded guilty, and the West Seattle case from last September, in which the burglary charge was reduced to 2nd-degree theft, with Polevia pleading guilty to that and a 3rd-degree theft charge accompanying it.

This afternoon, his sentencing happened in a relatively empty King County Superior Court room; aside from the judge, deputy prosecuting attorney Darren Thompson and Polevia’s public defender Nikole Hecklinger, Polevia’s sister was the sole family member in attendance. No one in the courtroom spoke up to identify themselves as a victim; no victims’ statements were read.

As part of a plea agreement first reported here September 10th, Polevia had pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, two of theft – one of those reduced from burglary, because it involved an item stolen from out in the open.

His lawyer explained that Polevia’s sister is a social worker, who has discussed their family history with attorney. After Polevia serves this sentence, he will be staying with her (what community that’s in, wasn’t mentioned) and will have social and jail-release services to help keep him out of trouble.

Asked if he wanted to say anything, Polevia said “Nah, I hope you follow the recommendations. I think I learned some things, I’ve been messing up the last couple years” and said it was largely in part because his child’s mother, who had been with him 16 years, left him, after which, he said, he began getting high and messing up. Now, he said, he has had time to think and realizes he has to make things right for some people, including his family. His daughter’s birthday is October 6th, and he said his “favorite thing in the world is being a father.” He added, “Drugs have been a problem in my family for my whole lifetime … I want to raise my kids right.”

Judge noted today’s sentencing includes a no-contact order with the theft/burglary victims, and mentioned three local addresses (near where he was last arrested) as places he is to stay away from. Judge Schubert also imposed a “no illegal/non-prescribed drugs” clause in the conditions of the sentence. Prosecutor Thompson asked for clarification as to whether alcohol was to be included in the prohibited substances; the judge said no, he didn’t see any indication in the files that alcohol was a problem, and he believes Polevia understands not to replace one vice with another.

13 Replies to "Video: Six-month sentence for repeat offender Alan Polevia"

  • happy September 27, 2013 (7:14 pm)

    Wow, that is less time than our insurance claim took to complete.

    Mr. Polevia, I’m glad to know “your favorite this in the world is being a father.” Wanna help my kids get over their freak-outs at the idea that a complete stranger can come into their yard, take anything he wants, and then leave? You didn’t take just *things*, you took their feeling of being SAFE in THEIR OWN HOME. How would you feel if your daughter was too frightened of come creep to be able to play in her yard? If she had nightmares about a bad guy sneaking up behind her and taking her things? Or worse?

    Want to be a good father? Be a good PERSON.

  • jeff September 27, 2013 (7:33 pm)

    Everyone is disgusted, and nobody is surprised. What a waste of oxygen.

  • pupsarebest September 27, 2013 (8:48 pm)

    This heartens me to know, that if I’m ever unemployed and choose a life of crime, I really never need worry about the consequences.

  • Gene September 27, 2013 (9:36 pm)

    I wonder if he could have gotten a longer sentence if the victims had spoken – or even written a letter explaining the impact this mans actions had on their lives. No judgement if they felt uncomfortable doing that & perhaps they were not even notified of the hearing- but have to think it might have had an impact on this guy to have had to put a face on his crimes .

  • Not Surprised September 27, 2013 (9:45 pm)

    All comments are right on the mark, the punishments are way too lenient, this is just a vacation to regroup and plot the next round of burglaries.

  • Eric1 September 27, 2013 (10:37 pm)

    Ohh.. I bet that wrist slap hurt…
    No wonder it is called the criminal justice system and not the society justice system.

  • Norma September 27, 2013 (11:05 pm)

    We filled out a victim report sheet when we were robbed and said many of the same things that happy mentioned. It took many visits to the judge before the robber ended up in prison. I think one of the problems is that the judge knows that prison is not necessarily a place of rehabilitation.

  • happy September 27, 2013 (11:08 pm)

    The city attorney’s office asked me to make a statement, which I did, and the statement was supposed to go to the judge.

    Clearly, describing the after-effects of his breaking into our fenced/gated yard and how much the whole theft and creepiness of him stealing whatever he wanted from us [who worked for years to save up enough to buy those things] didn’t make much of an impact on the sentencing.

    Polevia will be out in 6 months, but it will take longer than that for us to save up enough to replace the losses he caused, even with insurance coverage. And our kids will be unsettled for far longer.

  • Gene September 28, 2013 (6:21 am)

    happy- thanks for posting- am very sorry you were a victim of this guy- also that your statement didn’t result n a longer sentence.
    Well Norma- I guess we’ll see if Mr. Polevia will grab the lifeline offered here & get clean & reformed. While prison may not rehabilitate- for some repeat criminals – it at least removes them from society & prevents more victimization .

  • Silly Goose September 28, 2013 (11:17 am)

    What a disgrace from out justice system on the length of sentencing he was given. SIX MONTHS with credit for THREE. This doesn’t even cover the cost to operate the helicopter that was used to locate him in the search! His BS line about changing throw him in prison for 6 years and lets see how straight and clean he can get. As for his sister being a social worker coming to his aide, where have you been the past several years, obviously not offering any help to clean up your brother. Disgusted by all of this.

  • Robert September 28, 2013 (6:54 pm)

    IF HE MESSES UP after this fire the prosecuter jail the judge and give him what he should have given the the first place.

  • SpecOps September 29, 2013 (2:27 pm)

    Are the prosecutors and judges even trying anymore?
    How frustrating for us (the victims), and for our police officers – who consistently put their lives in danger apprehending the same men/women over-and-over – just to have the suspect immediately released, or given insultingly light sentences.

    I’m excited to to *hopefully* vote satterberg and many of these judges out.

  • Tootrue September 29, 2013 (8:43 pm)

    His sentence sounds about right for a Seattle criminal. Crime pays in Seattle and King County!

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