Drug treatment sentence handed down in Sequim-area burglary

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — A man involved in a March 5 Sequim-area burglary has been sentenced to complete residential drug treatment in Chehalis after pleading guilty in the case.

Ryan Joseph Luquette, 34, of Sequim was sentenced May 21 to complete the treatment program and 24 months community custody following a guilty plea April 24 to one count of residential burglary, according to Clallam County Superior Court records.

He was released from jail May 22 and ordered to report to treatment, according to court documents.

He was the last of three men to be sentenced.

He had been arrested and charged along with brother Andrew Donald Luquette, 31, and Ronnie Lee Bayley, 37, in a Woodcock Road home burglary in which tools, other personal property and a red Jeep Cherokee were stolen.

Bayley pleaded guilty April 17 to one count each of second-degree burglary and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission and sentenced May 1 to complete a residential drug treatment program in Chehalis, according to records.

Andrew Luquette pleaded guilty April 15 to one count each of second-degree burglary, second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to court documents.

He was sentenced to 12.75 months in a prison-based substance-abuse treatment program, with another 12.75 months in community custody under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections.

All three men initially pleaded not guilty.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began after it received reports of people transferring items between a gray pickup truck, allegedly driven by Drew Tyler Balch, 21, and a red Jeep Cherokee parked on Many Feathers Way in Sequim.

Deputies caught up with the truck, learning later that the Jeep had been reported stolen from a house on Woodcock Road.

Balch pleaded guilty April 3 to one count of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Deputies said they found the Jeep stripped the next day along a logging road near the 2900 block of Black Diamond Road in Agnew.

Last modified: June 01. 2014 6:37PM
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