Yacolt man who tried to murder his ex-girlfriend sentenced to 35 years

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Yacolt man was sentenced to 35 years in prison for trying to poison, then shoot, his ex-girlfriend in late 2011.

Michael T. Boswell, who claimed the acts were suicide attempts gone wrong, will appeal the sentence, his defense attorney, David Kurtz indicated.

Boswell, 30, was convicted Nov. 1 of two counts of first-degree attempted murder of ex-girlfriend Jessica Fix.

He showed no outward emotion as Clark County Superior Court Judge Dan Stahnke delivered his sentence, the minimum under sentencing guidelines.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeannie Bryant had requested a sentence of 45 years.

Fix, 26, softly sobbed from the public gallery during the hearing. She later said she had mixed emotions about the sentence.

"It could have been better, but it could have been worse," she said. She said she would feel secure as long as he's incarcerated.

"We'll see how the appeals go," she added.

Boswell was convicted of slipping a dangerous cocktail of acetaphetamine and muscle relaxers into Fix's peppermint tea soon after she broke up with him. When that failed to shut down her liver, he shot her on Nov. 14, 2011, as she slept on the couch, recovering from a bout of vomiting.

He maintained Friday at his sentencing hearing that he was trying to kill himself, not her, and apologized to Fix for causing her pain.

He testified during trial in November that the spiked tea was meant for him, as was the bullet.

"I never wanted to hurt her," Boswell told the judge Friday. "I loved her, and to be honest, part of me still does."

He said that after she broke up with him, he felt guilty about her continuing to "take care of him." He was unemployed and lived with Fix and her parents, William "Brad" and Janet Fix in their Yacolt home.

"I felt my death, mine, was the only way she could be free," Boswell said.

He said he has struggled all of his life with depression. Boswell has routinely worn suicide smocks to his court hearings.

"I never saw him depressed," said William Fix. "He's a storyteller."

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