Year in jail over stolen meat

A 22-year-old Hoquiam man will spend a year in county jail over an incident in which he stole meat from an outdoor freezer.

Tyler R. Parker was sentenced for second-degree burglary Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court, the top of his standard range for that offense. A man called police when he saw Parker in his yard on the 700 block of Karr Avenue in Hoquiam at about 1 a.m. March 9, loading white packages into a cooler.

Police found Parker was loading packages of frozen meat, taken from a freezer in a fenced yard on the 200 block of Hayes Street. The cooler was taken from a neighboring home.

Parker also faces a second-degree escape charge because he didn’t return to jail after he was sent to the hospital for a medical furlough. He didn’t report to jail after he was discharged Sept. 29. Police found him hiding in a bathtub in a Hoquiam home.

Parker requested a four-month sentence and in-patient drug treatment; Chief Deputy Prosecutor Gerald Fuller requested six months.

“The state seriously doubts the defendant has ever had a legitimate job or incentive to do anything but steal to support himself,” Fuller wrote in his sentencing statement.

Judge David Edwards instead sentenced Parker to the top of the standard sentencing range.