Former inmate settles suit over Chelan County jail confinement

Joshua Brent Stuller

WENATCHEE — Chelan County last week settled a federal lawsuit brought by a former jail inmate who spent 13 months in solitary confinement.

Joshua Brent Stuller, 31, says the detention in the Chelan County Regional Justice Center worsened his severe mental illness while he was awaiting trial for threatening a mass shooting in 2015. He sued for damages and to try and end the practice of solitary confinement for mentally ill inmates.

All parties to the lawsuit agreed on Friday to dismiss the case, but lawyers wouldn’t discuss the terms of the settlement with NCWLIFE this week.

“Per the settlement agreement, we are not able to comment on the settlement,” Andrew Biviano, a lawyer for Stuller, said by email Tuesday.

Patrick McMahon, an attorney for Chelan County, did not return a phone call seeking comment. Bill Larson, the interim director of the jail, also did not return a phone message.

Police arrested Stuller after his family found disturbing written material in his home in 2015, naming seven people as potential targets for a mass shooting. Stuller pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in 2016 to seven counts of felony harassment. Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan remanded him to state psychiatric custody until he won full release in May 2019.

Now free and living in Wenatchee, Stuller remains barred from owning firearms or contacting the victims in his harassment case. He faces a misdemeanor trial next month in Chelan County court for allegedly approaching the home of one of the victims in November; and a felony case in Douglas County, where he’s accused of illegally purchasing two black powder revolvers.