By Natalie Johnson / firstname.lastname@example.org
A Toledo man charged in October for assaulting and threatening to kill his landlords after a dispute over a broken toilet pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in jail Monday.
Paul A. Komara, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of harassment (threat to kill) Monday in Lewis County Superior Court.
He was also previously charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief, both of which were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
Komara entered an Alford plea, meaning he chose to plead guilty to take advantage of the deal offered by the Lewis County Prosecutor’s Office, but disputed the facts of the case and his actual guilt, his attorney Kevin Nelson explained Monday.
“This all resulted from the RV park not having the proper handicap facilities,” Komara, who has appeared in court in a wheelchair, told Superior Court Judge James Lawler before being sentenced. “I’m sorry this whole thing happened. It just got blown out of proportion.”
Lawler followed the attorneys’ joint recommendation and sentenced Komara to four months in the Lewis County Jail with credit for 39 days served.
“When threats are made as were made here … then things have gone far beyond a misunderstanding,” Lawler said.
Komara asked for a decreased sentence based on medical conditions, which Lawler refused.
According to court documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a threat with a firearm at 8:49 p.m. Oct. 27 in the 100 block of Cowlitz Loop Road in Toledo.
Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead said the victims, described by the sheriff’s office as a 56-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, previously had issues with Komara, a tenant in the trailer park on Cowlitz Loop Road.
Halstead said the male victim installed a new toilet and later learned it had been pushed out of place, knocked off its sealant.
“They believed Mr. Komara was responsible for that, and they confronted them for that,” he said.
Komara allegedly pushed the male victim.
When the female victim attempted to confront him, he answered his door with an ax in his hand. He later allegedly threatened to shoot her.
“No gun was ever found,” Halstead said.