Thursday, December 27, 2012
WALLA WALLA — After again proclaiming his innocence, Daniel D. Dodd was led from a courtroom at the County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon to begin serving a sentence of more than 35 years for the June 2011 murder of Kevin Myrick.
Dodd, 43, looked straight ahead as Superior Court Judge Donald W. Schacht imposed the maximum prison term of 421 months allowed under state guidelines.
The sentence was recommended by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gabriel Acosta. It is the high end of the standard range of 27 years and seven months to 35 years and one month that Dodd faced, including a five-year firearm enhancement.
Dodd was given credit for the 249 days he’s served in the County Jail.
Following a trial that lasted several days, a jury on Nov. 15 convicted Dodd of murdering Myrick, a confidential drug informant who worked for the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.
Despite Dodd’s denials, the panel found him guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Dodd was not allowed to have a gun because of a prior burglary conviction.
See more details in Friday’s Union-Bulletin and here online.