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Crime & Courts

Plea agreement reached in Kirkland rape case

Westley H. Smith, DOB 11/20/79
Westley H. Smith, DOB 11/20/79

KIRKLAND – A 34-year-old Kirkland man originally accused of raping a young family member was sentenced to 3 years in prison Tuesday for aggravated battery.

Under a negotiated plea agreement, Westley H. Smith, of the 200 block of N. Sixth Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in exchange for prosecutors dropping three counts of criminal sexual assault of a family member younger than 18 and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault of a family member younger than 18.

He will receive credit for the 321 days – or about 10 months – he spent in jail while the case was pending. He was charged Jan. 16, the day after the alleged incident.

Smith must register for the next 10 years as a violent offender against youth.

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