Centralia Man Pleads Guilty in Alleged Thanksgiving Day Knife Assault

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man accused of lunging at two strangers with a knife on Thanksgiving Day last year pleaded guilty Friday, a day before he was scheduled to go to trial for two felony assault charges.

Larry N. Lamson, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. According to court documents, he entered an Alford plea, meaning he does not admit guilt but acknowledges he would likely be convicted by a jury.

Lamson has not yet been sentenced. The Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office plans to ask for a sentence of 63 months, or more than five years, with 18 months of supervision by the state Department of Corrections following his release.

According to court documents, police responded at 6:39 p.m. on Nov. 23 to a report of an assault in the 800 block of West Pine Street in Centralia.

Two men told officers they were walking a family member to her car when they saw a man, later identified as Lamson, who appeared to be intoxicated.

The men reportedly told Lamson to go home, at which point he allegedly lunged at them with a pocket knife. One of the men drew a firearm on Lamson, who reportedly backed off.

Police found Lamson walking nearby and arrested him that night.