Brinnon man found guilty of 41 counts of rape, assault against women he promised to make his bride
By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News
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The verdict was delivered Friday morning after five hours of deliberation, begun Thursday afternoon, by the five-woman, six-man jury chosen Monday for the trial in Jefferson County Superior Court.
Patrick John McAllister, 49, was arrested Aug. 5, 2010, and has been free on a $100,000 bond since that time.
He was taken into custody after the verdict and remanded to the Jefferson County jail where he will remain until an Oct. 5 sentencing hearing.
“I’m very pleased about the verdict,” said Prosecuting Attorney Scott Rosekrans.
“Obviously, the jury didn’t find the defendant’s story credible, and they reached a decision in less time than in many other similar cases.”
McAllister’s attorney Lance Hester said he expected to appeal after the sentencing hearing.
“Patrick is devastated,” Hester said.
“He had the courage to go to trial even though there were so many counts against him, but he thought justice would prevail.
“Now we will need to wait to see what the Court of Appeals has to say.”
Rosekrans said the standard sentence range for these counts was 210 to 280 months but McAllister’s sentence could be more severe because of the jury’s ruling that he showed “deliberate cruelty” in all of the counts.
It took Superior Court Judge Craddock Verser 16 minutes to read the verdicts in all of the 41 counts, although in most cases the language was identical.
Court documents give the following account:
McAllister was introduced to the Filipino woman, then 22, by her brother-in-law who lives in Jefferson County.
She is not named because of the nature of the crime.
He began a long-distance relationship with her, phoning her for several months while she was living with her family in the Philippines.
McAllister visited her in the Philippines in 2008. Upon his return, told her that he wanted to marry her and “would give her a good life.”
She arrived in Seattle on March 14, 2010, and was brought to McAllister’s home in Brinnon.
The Aug. 3 incident report documents 24 instances of sexual violence between March 18 and April 26, 2010, at which time the woman escaped McAllister’s house and sought help from police.
It took 15 months to file charges because the woman spoke a Filipino dialect for which no certified translator was available, court documents said.
The woman, who became fluent in English in the time leading up to the trial, testified for two hours on Tuesday afternoon.
Jury foreman Rick Hansen said her testimony was convincing and was the major factor in the jury’s verdict.
“She was completely credible and the defense witnesses were pretty lame,” Hansen said.
“There wasn’t a lot of physical evidence, so we had to rely on what people said but she was convincing.”
The woman was not present when the verdict was read but came in shortly afterward, crying and embracing family members and victim assistance personnel who were in the courtroom.
McAllister and members of his family and friends also were crying after the verdict was read.
After court was dismissed, McAllister was led away in chains.
The woman, who has lived in the Port Townsend area during the trial preparation time, told the Peninsula Daily News that she had no future plans but said she intended “to relax for a while.”
Jefferson County Reporter Charlie Bermant can be reached at 360-385-2335 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: August 11. 2012 6:22PM