OKANOGAN — An Okanogan man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday for firing one round from a sawed-off shotgun at an Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputy after a high-speed chase last November.
Neal S. Mix, 28, pleaded guilty in Okanogan County Superior Court to first-degree assault, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm, and of a short-barrelled shotgun, alteration of identification marks on the gun and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
Prosecutor Karl Sloan said he dismissed a weapons enhancement charge as part of the plea agreement. Mix was also ordered to served three years of community custody on his release from prison.
According to police reports, Mix was wanted as a suspect in an October stabbing incident when he fled from Sgt. Tony Hawley on Nov. 10 on the back roads of Okanogan, eventually losing control of his car, crashing down a bank. With the car on its top, Mix broke out a window and fired one round at Hawley, missing him.
Hawley returned two shots, hitting Mix in his shoulder and leg. An investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office determined the use of lethal force was justified.
Mix was treated at a hospital and later arrested for both shooting at the officer, and the October stabbing incident.
He was also sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty July 31 to second-degree assault.
That sentence — six years and one and a half months in prison — will be served at the same time as his 20-year sentence, Sloan said.
In that case, Mix admitted to stabbing Jeremy Graves, 33, of Okanogan on Oct. 6. Graves was taken to the hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening.