WENATCHEE — A Chumstick Valley man who held his wife and four children at gunpoint, wounding two of the children when he fired shots inside their home, was sentenced Wednesday to just over nine years in prison.
Chelan County Superior Court Judge T.W.“Chip” Small also placed a lifetime no-contact order on Joshua A. Rinke, 37, barring him from contacting or approaching his wife or the two injured children. The children, ages 11 and 2, suffered flesh wounds from ricocheting shotgun pellets.
Rinke pleaded guilty Wednesday to one charge of first-degree burglary and three of second-degree assault. In court, he apologized to his family and said he had no memory of the July 5 incident, having consumed at least a fifth of whiskey beforehand.
Rinke took up the shotgun about 12:30 a.m. at the home on Second Creek Road outside Plain, first threatening suicide and then threatening to kill the children while their mother watched. Rinke fired at least three shots indoors during the assault.
Rinke’s wife kept the children away from Rinke until he went to sleep, then told her daughter to hide the shotgun, gathered the children and fled to a friend’s home on Chumstick Highway. Deputies were summoned about 8:40 a.m., and Rinke was arrested at the home.