Mountlake Terrace Man Convicted of Homicide in OD Death

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The Herald reports that Joshua Marlo Knox faces up to a decade behind bars for supplying the heroin that led to Bridgette Johns’ death:

On the day she would have turned 20, the people who loved Bridgette Johns expect to gather in a courtroom and watch sentencing for the man found responsible for her 2009 death.

Joshua Marlo Knox, 27, was convicted Wednesday of controlled-substances homicide and heroin delivery. The Mountlake Terrace man faces up to a decade behind bars.

The verdict came after two days of testimony before Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Cowsert.

Knox opted not to have a jury hear the case, leaving it up to the judge to weigh the evidence. Cowsert announced his verdict on Wednesday afternoon.

There was a moment of awkwardness when the lawyers agreed to schedule sentencing for Feb. 22, then realized it was Johns’ birthday. Her mother, Ruth Spesshardt, assured them it wasn’t a problem.

I want it on her birthday, she said.

Read the rest at the Herald.

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