MOUNT VERNON — A man who led law enforcement on four manhunts in nine days in Skagit County in 2017 pleaded guilty Wednesday to 43 charges dating to November 2016.
Curtis Lee Cameron was sentenced to eight years, four months in prison for what Skagit County Superior Court Judge Dave Needy called one of the “most devastating property crime series” to have ever occurred in the county.
“These (property crimes) really do have emotional and physical impacts on people even though you didn’t physically touch them in any way,” Needy said.
The charges levied against Cameron ranged from a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, to felony charges of residential burglary, attempting to elude police, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, theft of a firearm, and first-degree arson, according to court records.
Cameron was arrested in October 2017 after an hourslong manhunt that put nearby schools and businesses in lockdown, and involved law enforcement from throughout Skagit County and neighboring jurisdictions.
Two of Cameron’s victims spoke Wednesday, with one saying that Cameron had “held the county hostage” and destroyed the feeling of safety for many people.
Cameron’s lawyer, Adam Yanasak, said his client suffered from drug addiction and trauma, and was remorseful for his actions.
Yanasak said media portrayal of Cameron had made it seem like a “Hollywood-style, Rambo-type manhunt.”
“In reality, nothing could be further from the truth,” Yanasak said. “The truth is, there is nothing Hollywood about it. It’s a sad, tragic tale.”
Needy said plenty of people suffer trauma in their lives and don’t commit the crimes Cameron had.
If Cameron wants to show remorse, Needy said, he can do it by coming out of prison as someone who could contribute to his community in a positive manner.
Upon his release, Cameron will serve 18 months of community custody.