Court report

The following are criminal cases heard Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court:


A 30-year-old Sedro-Woolley man was sentenced to three years, five months in prison after pleading guilty to several charges, some of which date back to 2017.

Phillip Graig Greenough pleaded guilty May 9 to two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count each of violating a protection order, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Upon completion of his sentence, Greenough will serve one year of community custody.


A 26-year-old Mount Vernon man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and escape from community custody.

Gregorio Castro-Rodriguez was arrested in April 2018 after state Department of Corrections officers — with assistance from local authorities — found a loaded shotgun in the bedroom of a home in the 900 block of South 27th Street where Castro-Rodriguez was living, court records show.

Having been previously convicted of a felony and on probation at the time of the search, Castro-Rodriguez was not allowed to possess the shotgun.

He was originally charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, records show.

Shortly after Castro-Rodriguez entered his guilty plea, his lawyer Elizabeth Neidzwski asked Judge Laura Riquelme to release him for a few hours to visit his family, including his infant child who he had yet to meet.

Riquelme denied the request.


A 52-year-old Burlington man is being held in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on $250,000 bail for seven drug-related charges.

Alfredo Garcia-Chavez was arrested Tuesday and charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, one count each of maintaining a premises for drug trafficking, conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

One charge carries a school zone enhancement, and another carries both school zone and firearm enhancements.

According to a probable cause affidavit, law enforcement officers in September arrested a drug dealer who allegedly informed them he was getting his supply from Garcia-Chavez.

Since January, documents state law enforcement officials have been able to purchase drugs from Garcia-Chavez on three occasions.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141,, Twitter: @Kera_SVH,

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