Man who prompted 2021 Olympic National Park evacuation sentenced

Caleb Jesse Chapman was sentenced Friday after his actions prompted an evacuation and closure of a popular area of ​​Olympic National Park in August 2021.

TACOMA, Rinse. – Editor’s Note: The video above was originally broadcast on July 14, 2022.

A Port Angeles man was sentenced Friday after he pleaded guilty to interfering with government communications systems after an armed attack resulted in an evacuation from Olympic National Park on Wednesday. September 2021.

Caleb Jesse Chapman, 42, was sentenced to three years of probation by US district judge Robert J. Bryan after his actions prompted an evacuation and closure of a popular area of ​​National Parks. Olympics during the busy time of year in late August.

Chapman agreed to plead guilty in a settlement with prosecutors earlier this year. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors recommended no more than 10 months in prison when he was sentenced in October.

Bryan said Chapman could face additional prison sentences if he fails to comply with the conditions of his probation.

>>> Download KING 5+, our new Roku and Amazon Fire apps, to watch live coverage 24/7

Shortly after midnight on August 29, 2021, Chapman showed up at a stranger’s house with a shotgun and an AR-15-style rifle. Acknowledging high levels of methamphetamine under the plea agreement, Chapman handed the stranger a letter expressing concerns about political events, difficulty obtaining ammunition, and his belief that a “revolution” was taking place. will start on the Olympic Peninsula, Texas and elsewhere.

Chapman then drove his girlfriend to Olympic National Park and cut down a tree blocking the way to the Deer Park campground. After his girlfriend called 911 because of his plan to die in “revolution,” Chapman threw a can of soup at her and cut her leg. He then fled into the woods with 9 guns and more than 3,500 bullets.

Law enforcement evacuated the Deer Park campground, trailheads and road areas in search of Chapman. At around 3 p.m., according to the plea agreement, Chapman disabled the radio communications site for Olympic National Park, located atop Blue Mountain. This left the northeast corner of the park free of emergency communications, and it was that radio repeater that was used by the authorities for the National Park Service Search and Rescue helicopter located at Mount Rainier.

On August 31, Chapman was located by a drone in the park. He fired at the drone with a shotgun but eventually negotiated a surrender without anyone being hurt.

Chapman has agreed to compensate those harmed by his actions as part of the plea agreement, including the National Park Service and individuals affected by the closure of certain parts of the park. pellets.

CLOCK: KING 5 top stories playlist on YouTube Man who prompted 2021 Olympic National Park evacuation sentenced

Edmund DeMarche is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button