Man gets 4 years for attack on Discovery Trail

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Spencer J. Silva, a Sequim man convicted of assaulting a woman on the Olympic Discovery Trail last summer while wearing a Halloween mask, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Silva, 23, was found guilty in January of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree attempted robbery and unlawful imprisonment for attacking a 22-year-old woman on the trail outside Sequim last July.

He also was found guilty of residential burglary for opening a teenager’s bedroom as she slept in August 2011.

Silva was found not guilty of voyeurism for the 2011 incident. The sexual-motivation enhancements to the other charges were dismissed after a two-day bench trial.

At the sentencing hearing April 3, Clallam County Superior Court Judge S. Brooke Taylor merged the unlawful imprisonment and assault charges with the attempted robbery.

The merger followed complex legal arguments made by defense attorney John Hayden and Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ann Lundwall.

Clallam County sheriff’s detectives said Silva was wearing a Halloween clown mask when he knocked a woman off her bicycle on the Olympic Discovery Trail just west of Railroad Bridge Park.

A 7-inch knife was found at the scene but not used in the attack.

The woman fought off her attacker by kicking and screaming. A video-surveillance recording led to Silva’s arrest.

The woman filed a victim impact statement in which she stated that the incident left her unable to sleep and “terrified to go anywhere alone.”

“Prior to being attacked, I would ride my bike and run outside almost on a daily basis, and now I am afraid to do either,” she wrote.

Silva was also ordered to pay $1,654 in fees.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for June 14.

Last modified: April 15. 2013 6:07PM
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