SHELTON, Washington (SmallTownPapers) -- Jacob Lee Curtis, 18, who pleaded guilty in Mason County Superior Court on Feb. 11 to attempted murder in the first degree in connection to the stabbing of a Shel-ton woman last July, was sentenced to almost 23 years in prison Feb. 25.

Mason County Prosecutor Mike Dorcy agreed to ask for a sentence of 16 years plus a two-year deadly weapon sentencing enhancement as part of a plea agreement.

The standard sentencing range for the crime was 15 and a half to 20.8 years. Instead of following recommendation for an 18-year sentence, the court, with presiding Judge Amber Finlay, imposed a sentence of 22.8 years, which includes a two-year sentencing enhancement for using a deadly weapon.

Dorcy said judges are not bound by sentencing agreements between prosecution and defense attorneys.

Curtis has been awaiting trial in the Mason County Jail since he was charged with attempted murder hours after Elaine Keck was attacked outside the Shelton Burger King, located in the 300 block of East Wallace Kneeland Boulevard, where she worked.

Keck was leaving work at 2:30 a.m. on July 20 when authorities say Curtis approached her and stabbed her several times with a knife.

At the time, Shelton Police Department representatives stated that Curtis and Keck did not know each other, and the attack appeared to be random.



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