Dawn Soles Sentenced

Dawn Soles

Wenatchee, Wa.-Dawn Soles, the woman convicted as an accomplis in the 1984 murder of her ex-husband, Stephen Smith of Cashmere will serve just 26 more days in jail. Soles received the sentence Thursday afternoon from Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan. Judge Allen had delayed a Wednesday hearing in the matter until she had a chance to review written briefs submitted by the Prosecution and Sole’s defense attorney regarding sentencing options. Soles was sentenced yesterday to 12 months in jail and 5 years’ probation after pleading guilty to rendering criminal assistance, the maximum length of time under the law. Soles has been in jail since March and with time served, her attorney expects her to be released possibly by Halloween. Soles is the former wife of Bernard Swaim who was originally charged with first degree murder but was found not guilty at his trial in August. Soles testified against Swaim as the prosecution’s star witness. Her testimony was discredited by witnesses for the defense and she subsequently changed her plea to guilty after Swaim was acquitted.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.