A man faced criminal charges after an attempted medical marijuana sale at a Seattle area elementary school turned violent. First-degree and second-degree felony assault charges were lodged against the 35-year-old after he allegedly shot at a prospective customer who was trying to drive off with half a pound of marijuana, according to King County prosecutors. The man was identified in court papers as a licensed seller of medical marijuana.
Authorities said that the man had been selling medical marijuana from the back of his car at the Renton school when the sale went south. He was alleged to have shot at the departing customer's SUV as well as to have held another man at gunpoint who had nothing to do with the botched pot sale. The incident was said to have occurred when the customer threw down several counterfeit $100 bills and tried to flee with the drugs during a meeting at the elementary school. The driver of the vehicle was shot in the back while trying to drive away.
The man allegedly held at gunpoint by the marijuana seller denied that he knew the man or that he had anything at all to do with the reported marijuana theft. Authorities said that the man claimed to simply be walking from his girlfriend's house to a relative's house when he was confronted. All occupants of the SUV said that they did not know the man who was held at gunpoint.
Any felony charge in Seattle is serious, but felony assault or a felony drug charge can be especially so. An attorney with solid experience in defending clients against accusations of felonies may be able to help accused individuals. A plea bargain may be sought in order to lessen harsh charges and penalties.
Source: Seattle PI, "Charges filed after medical marijuana sale at Renton elementary school turns violent", Levi Pulkkinen, October 07, 2013