OLYMPIA - A Thurston County jury Friday convicted an Olympia man of two counts of second-degree assault and one count of drive-by shooting stemming from an October road-rage incident on U.S. Highway 101 in which multiple gunshots were fired at a couple traveling in a pickup.
Reed C. Boysen, 22, faces a standard sentencing range of four years, three months, and four years, eight months, in prison after his conviction for the three class B felonies. His sentencing is set for Thursday before Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy.
According to court papers:
Boysen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Chad Parker, 22, of Woodstock, Ga., on Oct. 31 . The incident began when Parker began tailgating a pickup driven by a 58-year-old man from Ethel, and Parker initially was unable to pass the pickup in traffic . After Parker finally passed the pickup, its occupants reported hearing two to five gunshots, then called 911 .
The passenger in the pickup told Washington State Patrol troopers that she looked out the window and saw “Parker with a gun in his hand, pointing it toward their vehicle.” The driver added that he saw three muzzle flashes from the gun.
They said after the incident that they had feared for their lives .
No one was hurt , but the State Patrol said two of the gunshots struck the pickup.
Parker, who also was driving a pickup, later was pulled over by Olympia police at the Safeway parking lot near Cooper Point Road. Boysen had a Beretta .25-caliber handgun on him, and a second handgun was found under the seat of the pickup .
Boysen refused to speak to police, but Parker said he and Boysen both fired shots to scare the couple .
Parker already has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and one count of drive-by shooting as part of a plea deal. In exchange for Parker’s guilty plea and agreement to testify in Boysen’s trial, the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office dropped firearm enhancements to Parker’s second-degree assault charges.
Subsequently, the jury convicted Boysen of two firearm enhancements that were added to his second-degree assault charges, and those enhancements significantly added to his potential prison sentence, said Boysen’s attorney, Paul Strophy.
Parker has yet to be sentenced. Strophy said outside court Friday that Parker faces about 15 months in prison .
Strophy said there was minimal forensic evidence tying Boysen to the shooting and that he and Boysen’s other attorneys are considering an appeal .
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 firstname.lastname@example.org