Man enters guilty plea in dragging death



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 28 at 10:25 AM

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NEWPORT, Wash. - A man charged in the dragging death of an Eastern Washington University student pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Monday.

Wendell Sinn Jr., 45, entered an Alford Plea in the death of 20-year-old Jarid Sturman-Camin.

Sinn denies committing the crime but believed he would have been found guilty had the case gone to trial.

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office says Sinn was camping with eight other people off LeClerc Road outside Cusick when Sturman-Camin, who is a mixed martial arts fighter, lost his temper and threatened people at the campsite last December.

Sinn said he told his 17-year-old son to get into his truck, start it and be ready to leave if things got bad.

Sinn told investigators he was afraid for his safety and those at the campsite.

He maintained that he was acting in self defense alleging Sturman-Camin swung an axe at him.

Sinn later tied a rope to the pick-up and placed the other end of the rope around Sturman-Camin. Sinn then yelled for his son at the wheel to take off.

Sinn's son said he did not know that Sturman-Camyn was attached to the truck.

The 17-year-old later called deputies to North LeClerc Road where deputies found him sitting in the truck and Sturman-Camin dead lying on the ground. Investigators believe the victim was dragged at least 12 miles.

Sturman-Camin was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at EWU. He previously attended WSU after graduating from high school in Silverdale in Western Washington.