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2nd assailant in Motel 6 shooting/stabbing incident sentenced

Ferndale Police remained onsite investigating the scene at Motel 6 after a person was shot and another stabbed in the parking lot (March 8, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News

FERNDALE, Wash. — The 2nd of 2 assailants from the shooting and stabbing incident at the Ferndale Motel 6 in March of 2018 was sentenced to 6 months earlier this month.

On March 4th, Riemland, age 46, pled guilty to 1 count of 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon in Whatcom County Superior Court. Riemland had no prior known felony convictions so the standard sentencing range, according to court documents, would be 3 to 9 months.

In March of 2018, Ferndale Police booked Jason M Riemland into the Whatcom County Jail charged with attempted 2nd degree murder after he and John Vaugh got into an argument in the Motel 6 parking lot. The altercation became physical and resulted in Vaughn being seriously injured by a gunshot to his chest and Riemland with a stab wound to his jaw. Both were transported by aid vehicle to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center due to the extent of their injuries.

Riemland’s statements to investigators said he and Vaughn were friends and pointed to the possibility Vaughn was angry with Riemland for being around Vaughn’s girlfriend. Court records indicated Riemland’s attempted 2nd degree murder charge was initially reduced to 1st degree assault with a deadly weapon/force. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

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Riemland was sentenced to 6 months in custody in the Whatcom County Jail with credit for time served prior to sentencing. Sentencing allowed for partial confinement alternatives such as work release and electronic home detention including those programs offered in his home county of Snohomish. He is being required to pay $800 total in fees and victim assessment. A 10-year no-contact order with Vaughn was also a condition of sentencing.

The other assailant, Vaughn, was charged and booked into Whatcom County Jail by Ferndale Police under suspicion of 1st degree assault for stabbing Riemland during the incident.

Vaughn pled guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court in August of 2018 to 1 count of 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced to 30 months in prison plus 18 months in community custody with credit for time served. Vaughn’s criminal history dated back to 2004 and included felony convictions for controlled substance abuse crimes and possession of a stolen firearm. Vaughn was also ordered to pay $500 total in fees and victim assessment. Vaughn also received a 10-year no-contact order with Riemland.

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