Father of Chehalis Arsonist Gets Three Months for Threatening Victim in Court

By The Chronicle

A man charged last year after threatening the victim of an arson his son was accused of — and later convicted for — at his son’s first court hearing in the case has been sentenced to serve three months in jail for the crime.

Delbert L. Nichols, 61, of Chehalis, was found guilty after a jury trial in November of felony harassment and violation of a civil anti-harassment order.

He was sentenced Jan. 31 to three months in jail with credit for 57 days already served on the harassment charge and 364 days with 307 suspended for 24 months on the second charge.

Nichols’ son, Joshua L. Nichols, 39, of Chehalis, was originally charged June 26 in Lewis County Superior Court with first-degree arson, second-degree arson and second-degree burglary.

On Aug. 24, he pleaded guilty to the first two counts — the burglary charge was dismissed — and was later sentenced to 32 months in prison and 18 months in community custody.

According to court documents, deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and fire crews responded to a structure fire early in the morning of June 24, 2017 in the 2000 block of U.S. Highway 12.

Deputies learned of a dispute between the owners of the burned property and their neighbors — the Nichols family.

Joshua Nichols was arrested later that day and reportedly confessed to starting the fire. When he was charged on June 26 in Lewis County Superior Court, his father, Delbert Nichols, allegedly threatened the fire victim in violation of a no-contact order.