Public health order delays firearm sentence

Joshua Brent Stuller

WATERVILLE — A state Supreme Court order postponing criminal cases until after the COVID-19 emergency led a scheduled Monday sentencing for unlawful firearm possession to be delayed more than a month.

Joshua Brent Stuller, 31, was to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to unlawful firearm possession. He spent four years in mental health care after pleading not guilty by reason of insanity in an alleged plot to commit a mass shooting in Wenatchee.

But Douglas County Judge Brian Huber ordered the sentencing rescheduled to May 18, citing a Supreme Court order to help dampen the spread of coronavirus by delaying most court hearings.

Under his plea agreement, Stuller could serve as little as 30 days in home confinement.

Stuller’s insanity plea in 2016 to seven counts of felony harassment barred him by law from owning guns. But he bought two black-powder revolvers, plus gunpowder and ammunition, at an East Wenatchee store last November.

Stuller still faces misdemeanor charges in Chelan County for allegedly stalking one of the victims in his original case. That case has also been forestalled due to public health orders.