Port Angeles man gets 100 days for yelling at neighbor

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man has been sentenced to 100 days in jail for yelling at his neighbors, the Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced.

Shawn M. Peterson, 47, shouted at his neighbors to “move or [he] was going to move them” in violation of a no-contact order that was signed in May, Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Cowgill said.

Peterson was sentenced Nov. 7 for the June 17 violation. He was convicted Nov. 1 after a one-day trial in Clallam County District Court.

Peterson’s neighbors had been granted a no-contact order for “constant, repeated and unwanted contact” from Peterson for about five years, Cowgill said in a Tuesday news release.

“As a result of the order, Mr. Peterson was forbidden from making any contact whatsoever with his neighbors,” Cowgill said.

The prosecution was able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Peterson had yelled at his neighbors in violation of the no-contact provision of the District Court Order for Protection, Cowgill said.

Exactly what caused Peterson to start yelling at his neighbors was not testified to at trial, Cowgill said.

“The victims testified that they were going out to their, car which was parked along the curb outside their house, and he started yelling at them,” Cowgill said Wednesday.

“The victims and Mr. Peterson have a history of bad relations, which is what led to the victims getting the anti-harassment order.”

District Court Judge Pro Tem Lawrence Freedman imposed the maximum 364 days but suspended 264 days for a total sentence of 100 days.

Freedman warned Peterson that more jail time could be imposed if he exhibited similar behavior, Cowgill said.

Peterson was not ordered to pay a fine.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.

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