Daily Archives: September 6, 2011

Juggalo Suspect in Selah assault could face third strike

YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors have filed a second-degree assault charge against a Yakima man accused of beating a Selah man, leaving him in a coma last weekend.

Patrick Paul Elledge, 31, is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 15 in the case, which could put him away for life as a persistent offender under Washington’s three-strikes law.

The case involves 50-year-old Selah resident Phillip Kennedy, who was found nearly beaten to death in his home on South Fifth Street last Sunday. He remained in a coma Friday.

Police say Kennedy’s girlfriend told them Elledge forced her to let him into the couple’s home Friday night, Aug. 27, and told her not to come back for 24 hours.

The motive for the attack appears to be a property dispute, police said. However, the case remains under investigation.

Known as “Sir Patrick, the Irish Juggalo,” Elledge has a lengthy criminal record that includes prison time for the robbery of a Yakima convenience store in 2005.

At that time, authorities said Elledge’s plea in the convenience store robbery counted as strike two under the state’s three-strikes-you’re-out law.
Juggalos are male fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse. Female fans are known as Juggalettes.

One Juggalo pleads guilty in fatal beating of mentally ill man


The trial of two transients accused of beating a mentally ill man to death in Seattle in 2008 came to a halt when both pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

For their pleas, Steven Bauder and Marcus Dennis each will face a standard-range sentence that tops out at just over 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors plan to ask for a 25-year sentence for both men; the defense lawyers say they will be seeking 20 years behind bars.

The two will likely be sentenced early next year.

Had the case been resolved by trial, the men could have faced up to life in prison because of sentencing enhancements that had been sought by the prosecution. The enhancements, known as aggravators, were dropped as part of the plea agreements, said Bauder’s defense attorney Peter Geisness.

Relatives of victim Noel Lopez say the end to the nearly two-week trial brought relief and disappointment. The slain man’s brother and sister said Thursday that the plea means that neither defendant will serve a life sentence.

“In one way it’s a relief to have it resolved quickly, but the frightening thing is that these guys will be on the streets again,” said the slain man’s sister, Lita Lopez, 35, of Los Angeles.

Before entering his guilty plea on Thursday, Bauder, 25, asked Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer if she was certain that Lopez was really dead. When the judge said yes, he agreed to enter the plea.

Bauder insists that the slaying was not premeditated, said Geisness.

Dennis, 22, pleaded guilty on Monday. His lawyer, Julie Gaisford, said Thursday that her mentally ill client attacked Lopez because he believed the man had raped a homeless girl.

Seattle police say that Lopez, 25, was obsessed with the then-15-year-old girl but the two never had a sexual relationship.

Lopez was killed at a construction site in the 1000 block of Fourth Avenue on April 14, 2008.

Prosecutors had earlier said they would try to have Bauder’s sentence enhanced by claiming he committed the murder as a member of a street gang, the Downtown Juggalos. It would’ve marked the first time that the King County Prosecutor’s Office has used the state’s gang statute in a case involving a Juggalo, a nickname for fans of the Detroit-based heavy-metal/rap duo Insane Clown Posse.

Prosecutors said Dennis, whose nickname is “Smurf,” was not a member of the Downtown Juggalos.

Juggalos – A gang … or a ‘family’? – Police see juggalos as gang in Medford

Medford police will tell you it’s a gang responsible for beatings, harassment and intimidation.

Police say there’s nothing uplifting about the violence associated with the group. Lt. Brett Johnson of the Medford Police Department said that Juggalos are frequently responsible for beatings, intimidation, and harassment, particularly in and around Hawthorne Park. Johnson said that the May 2011 stabbing of 21-year-old Michael Gregory was Juggalo-related.

In some common usage, references to Juggalo can be negative, nearly synonymous with “white trash.” Urban Dictionary, a Web-based dictionary of slang words and phrases, has no fewer than 248 entries — mostly derogatory — about Juggalos, or Juggalettes, as females in the group are sometimes called.

“Family friendly” activities notwithstanding, Lt. Johnson said that Medford wasn’t the only community that has experienced Juggalo “gang” problems.

Farther north, the Corvallis Police Department arrested two teenagers in 2010 for multiple beatings and assaults. Police said the two identified themselves as Juggalos.

“We’re not just going after homeless youth, it’s everybody’s park,” Johnson said, “But, if they identify as a Juggalo and engage in criminal behavior we will try and document that.”

“They identify as a family and identify themselves as Juggalos,” Johnson said, “They are definitely considered a gang.”