Early-released felon re-offends

By on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 in Columbia Basin Top Stories Local News

WALLA WALLA, Washington — A Walla Walla man who is back in jail after allegedly firing a weapon in an apartment complex on Wellington Road was released early from prison following his previous involvement in a kidnapping and rape case in 2016.

Last month, D’Sean Marks, 26, was allegedly involved in a dispute at an apartment complex located on the 600 block of Wellington Avenue. According to court documents, Marks allegedly used a revolver to hit a man in the back of the head and also fired a shot into the floor in a threatening manner.

Officers learned Marks was also wanted on a Department of Corrections violation and was at a home on the 400 block of North Palouse Street, where he was arrested and booked on multiple charges including first-degree assault, third-degree assault, two different felony weapons violations, and burglary. He’s currently being held in the Walla Walla County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Marks had been arrested in February 2016 in connection to a case that involved burglary, rape, kidnapping and drug charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison in May 2016, but was released from prison early.

My Columbia Basin does not have information on why Marks was released early from prison; however Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle recently provided a possible explanation.

“What everybody needs to remember is that when a person is sentenced to prison for a felony in the state of Washington, first of all, they get credit for any time served in the county jail awaiting trial or awaiting sentencing,” Nagle said. “And then, depending on the type of the crime, where it’s serious violent or not, the Department of Corrections has to give a person credit for what they used to call ‘good time.’”

Nagle said that well-behaved inmates can earn up to a third of their sentences off for good behavior.

Now, because Marks is considered a convicted felon who allegedly possessed a firearm and faces several additional charges, Nagle said it’s possible he could face a harsher sentence.

Marks has not yet been arraigned.