Washougal man sentenced in firearm brandishing

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter



A Washougal man who brandished a gun at people in two different convenience store parking lots was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison.

Johnathon Blake Fulmer, 24, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree theft, second-degree assault and unlawful display of a weapon, a gross misdemeanor, stemming from the April 4 incidents. He entered an “in re Barr” plea to the theft charge, which allows a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser related charge he didn’t commit in order to avoid conviction for a greater offense. Fulmer initially faced a first-degree robbery charge.

Shortly before 2:15 a.m., Steven Riddle was getting gas at Chevron, 165 C St., in Washougal when Fulmer approached him and made antagonistic remarks toward him. He then saw Fulmer expose what appeared to be a pistol tucked in his waistband before returning to his car and driving away erratically, according to a probable cause affidavit.

About 2 1/2 hours later, Vancouver police were called to the 7-Eleven at 5600 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. There, Fulmer pulled up in a vehicle and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at Jacob Lepley and demanded his cellphone. A store clerk, Montreal Massui, was in the parking lot, and Fulmer pointed the gun at him, too, the affidavit states. Massui started running, and Fulmer followed him in his vehicle until Massui ran back inside the store, court records said.

Fulmer later told investigators he was at both locations but denied being involved in the confrontations or having a gun, according to court documents.

On Monday, Fulmer’s attorney, David Kurtz, said that Fulmer actually had an airsoft gun.

Judge Robert Lewis sentenced Fulmer to the attorneys’ previously agreed-upon recommendation of 29 months in prison.