Courthouse attacker gets 26-year term



CHEHALIS (AP) — A McCleary man has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a 2012 attack on a judge and a deputy sheriff in the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano.

Steven Kravetz was sentenced Friday. He had been convicted of first-degree assault for shooting Deputy Polly Davin and second-degree assault for stabbing Superior Court Judge David Edwards when the judge came to her rescue.

Davin testified that she approached Kravetz on March 9, 2012, because he was acting oddly in the courthouse. As Davin questioned him, prosecutors saym Kravetz lashed out at her with a knife, cutting her cheek and throat. Davin reached for her gun, but Kravetz wrestled it away and shot her in the shoulder, then fled.

The defense argued that Kravetz had diminished capacity and didn’t intend to kill anybody.

A jury found Kravetz not guilty of attempted murder.