A 37-year-old Thurston County woman received a 364-day sentence after she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment in Thurston County Superior Court.
Sylvia M. Gonzalez entered her plea before Judge Anne Hirsch on Thursday afternoon. She had originally been charged with felony harassment after being accused of threatening to kill her state Department of Corrections case manager.
But she took advantage of a plea deal and entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge.
According to court documents, the victim reported on Dec. 14, 2014 that Gonzalez had threatened to shoot her in the head. She said that Gonzales was a resident of of Beginning Alliance, an Olympia home for people who have been recently released from prison, and that another resident had heard Gonzalez making the threats.
The victim said in court that since the threats, she’s had trouble sleeping and is constantly worried about being attacked. She asked Hirsch to give Gonzales the maximum sentence for the crime.
Unless Gonzalez violates the terms of the deal, which prohibit her from having contact with the victim, she won’t serve the full 364 days in jail. Hirsch suspended 304 days of the sentence for four years at the recommendation of Deputy Prosecutor Heather Stone.
Attorney James Foley, who represented Gonzales, said he believes his client will comply with the order, and said she still claims she never threatened the victim. She pleaded guilty using an Alford plea, meaning she took advantage of a plea deal while still claiming to be innocent.
“I want to be clear to the victim that Ms. Gonzalez never made these threats, and she would never make these threats,” Foley said.