KENNEWICK - A Kennewick man whose six-month-long crime spree included trafficking stolen guns and using his child's school ID card to cut up drugs in his methamphetamine lab was sentenced Thursday to almost 11 years in prison.
Alfred Allen Turcotte Jr., 36, had asked for a Special Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative so he could get help for his addictions while serving a shorter prison term.
But Judge Bruce Spanner said he agreed with prosecutors that the program wasn't appropriate for Turcotte, who "should do straight time," considering the breadth of his criminal activity.
"Mr. Turcotte, I hope you know there is substance abuse treatment available for you through the Department of Corrections," Spanner said.
Turcotte pleaded guilty last month in Benton County Superior Court to three separate cases. He was ordered to serve 10 years and eight months.
Deputy Prosecutor Julie Long requested the lengthy sentence, telling the court that in addition to all of the victims left in the wake of Turcotte's crimes, he is a drug user, a meth manufacturer and a gun trafficker. The stolen guns never have been found and still are out there in the community, she said.
Long also said Turcotte used his child's school ID card to cut up some of his drugs.
Kennewick police found the rare red phosphorous meth lab in May in a detached garage at Turcotte's home.
Defense lawyer Dan Arnold told the court that his client is sorry and regrets his crimes. Turcotte's drug problem led him to this point, Arnold said, but he isn't using that as an excuse for his actions.
The spree started Jan. 16 when just one hour after a purse was stolen from a car parked at Lowe's in Kennewick, one of the victim's credit cards was used twice at the Richland Walmart, court documents said. The first purchase was for $6.87 and the second for $654.49.
Turcotte was seen on store video using the stolen card at a self-checkout lane, court documents said.
On Jan. 28, Richland officers were called to the Fred Meyer store for an attempted vehicle prowl and found a window had been broken out of a 2004 Nissan Murano. Turcotte was identified as one of the two suspects, but left before police arrived once he discovered there were witnesses, documents said.
Later that day, police received another vehicle prowl call at the Richland Walmart. The victim's car window was broken and several items taken, including her purse, GPS unit, a gym bag and a $25 gift card.
Officers reviewed surveillance video of the theft and learned the getaway car fit the description of the one in the Fred Meyer case. They later searched Turcotte's home and found the stolen GPS unit in his wife's car -- the same one used in both crimes, court documents said.
Turcotte pleaded guilty to second-degree identity theft, second-degree vehicle prowl, third-degree theft, third-degree malicious mischief and forgery.
Turcotte's second case was for unlawful display of a weapon and manufacturing methamphetamine. He was arrested for walking up to a man May 18, 2010, pointing a gun at him and asking, "Why are you trippin'?"
Turcotte then got in his car and drove away. The victim got the license plate number for police, who later that week discovered the meth lab at Turcotte's North Irving Street home, documents said.
Kennewick detectives said they found evidence the lab had been operating, but aren't sure for how long.
Then in July, the Ace Hardware store on Keene Road in Richland reported that several people came into the store and took a gun without paying for it. Store surveillance video helped police identify Turcotte as a suspect.
He pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
A screening done earlier this month by the state Department of Corrections to determine if Turcotte was eligible for the special sentence found he is chemically dependent.
Turcotte told officials that he used meth each day, but also has problems with alcohol and marijuana. He answered that it is "extremely" important for him to get treatment, the report said.
"I'd just like to say that drugs were the main motivation for what I did," Turcotte told Spanner on Thursday. He said he has a good family that hasn't given up on him, and he hasn't given up on himself.
"I'm truly sorry for what I did," he added.
His mother also told the court that she stands behind Turcotte to make sure he gets the help he needs and cleans up for his family.
Turcotte's criminal history includes three convictions for possession of a controlled substance, two for second-degree burglary and one each for first-degree burglary and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Spanner ordered Turcotte to pay nearly $3,800 in restitution, including $2,192 to Ace Hardware.