25-year sentence in attempt on Gebbers CEO’s life

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Mark Reynolds Worth, left, will serve 25 years for the 2016 attempted shooting of John W. "Cass" Gebbers.

OKANOGAN — The man who fired gunshots at the CEO of Gebbers Farms three years ago earned a prison sentence Friday of 25 years.

Mark Reynolds Worth, 49, of Pateros continued to claim innocence in the September 2016 highway shooting that targeted John W. “Cass” Gebbers — even after an Okanogan County jury convicted him in August of attempted first-degree murder and drive-by shooting.

Judge Henry Rawson said the 300-month sentence would include a restraining order barring him from all future contact with Gebbers, whose family-owned agricultural firm is one of the largest orcharding and cattle operations in the United States.

Worth opened fire on Gebbers with a handgun as he drove his black BMW alongside Gebbers’ pickup, northbound on Old Highway 97 on Brewster Flats. The gunshots shattered Gebbers’ truck window but did not strike him, and he drove to the Brewster police station for help. Wenatchee police arrested Worth the same day in a department store parking lot, after Worth phoned Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies offering to meet with them.

Worth, a former Pateros real estate broker, has been held in the Okanogan County Jail since the arrest. He allegedly stalked and harassed Cass Gebbers and others in the Gebbers family in the two years prior to the shooting.

In interviews with investigators and letters to the court since his arrest, Worth consistently denied guilt, saying Gebbers and Okanogan County deputies lied at his trial. A psychiatric assessment at Eastern State Hospital found Worth “most likely is delusional,” but did not provide a diagnosis of specific mental illness.