Nearly a year for assaulting girlfriend, police


An Elma man accused of assaulting his girlfriend and police officers was sentenced to about a year in jail Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court.

Dennis F. Bland, 50, was sentenced to six months for third-degree assault for fighting with police responding to his girlfriend’s 911 call, and 364 days with 184 days suspended for fourth-degree domestic violence assault against his girlfriend. Bland was a suspect in his former girlfriend’s 2006 death.

The victim in this case asked that a no-contact order be dropped because she’s caring for Bland’s disabled mother.

“We are a family, and I want to be sure his mom is being taken care of adequately,” she said.

Judge Mark McCauley granted her request.

In 2006, Bland was the subject of an investigation into his girlfriend’s death from severe burns. The 43-year-old woman had apparently been badly burned on a camping trip in Capitol Forest, later dying of her injuries. Bland told police the woman poured fuel on herself during an argument, then sat next to the campfire. No charges were filed.