WENATCHEE — An Entiat man accused of threatening to burn down a friend’s house over a narcotics sale pleaded guilty Friday to felony harassment and drug charges.
David Lusty Ping, 36, said he was using psilocybin mushrooms and suffering from untreated bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress when he made the threats by text message.
Chelan County Superior Court Judge T.W.“Chip” Small sentenced the first-time offender to 90 days in jail, rather than the standard four to 12 months for the most serious offense, and ordered continued mental health treatment and drug testing during his one-year probation period.
Ping sent text messages to two victims threatening to kill them and set their house on fire, saying they had sold the psychoactive drug “molly” to his sister and she suffered a bad reaction. Sheriff’s deputies besieged Ping’s Entiat house July 5 and flushed him out with pepper spray, saying he’d told the victims he would fire on officers if they came to arrest him.
Deputies seized 71 marijuana plants, 10 one-gallon plastic bags of psilocybin mushrooms and three loaded guns in the raid, leading to charges of unlawful manufacture of marijuana and possession of psilocybin. A second harassment charge and one of marijuana possession were dismissed.
Ping must also surrender two handguns he owned.