A Bellingham man will spend about five years in prison after he was convicted Thursday, April 14, of assaulting his ex-girlfriend last September.
Nathaniel D. Brockmiller, 26, pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to second-degree assault, taking a motor vehicle without the owner's permission and forgery.
The assault occurred Sept. 6, after Brockmiller picked the woman up in his car outside her workplace in Ferndale, according to charging documents filed in Superior Court.
Brockmiller said he had moved her car but would drive her to it in his car.
The woman told police that Brockmiller then kidnapped and raped her, and he was charged with kidnap and rape after he was arrested Sept. 7.
The kidnapping and rape charges were dismissed before Brockmiller pleaded guilty Thursday.
Whatcom County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Mac Setter said the woman wanted a quick resolution to the case and supported the sentence Brockmiller received.
She was in court for Brockmiller's sentencing but declined to address him or Judge Ira Uhrig.
"The victim's view of the case played a significant role in how we resolved it," Setter said. "She has young children and wanted to resolve it quickly. She's happy with the result and happy that she can move ahead with her family and her life."
Brockmiller pleaded guilty to the forgery charge for altering a money order worth almost $700 that the woman had written out to a property management company.
Bellingham police detectives reviewed a copy of the money order and determined that Brockmiller had crossed out the company's name and put in his own name, according to charging documents.