On the Record: December 2015

Man sentenced to 31 years in murder of fiancé he reported missing

In November, 43-year-old William Jason Grisso was sentenced to 31 years in prison for killing his fiancé, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led detectives to her body in Belfair. In October, a jury convicted Grisso of murder in the first degree. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist handled the case with Deputy Prosecutor Jared Ausserer... Link to full story

County Council funds unit to fight property crime

The Pierce County Council voted unanimously to fund a Sheriff’s Department Property Crime Unit in 2016. The Prosecutor’s Office will receive $200,000 to use towards prosecuting the additional cases that will arise. “We've successfully reduced burglaries in Tacoma by over 20 percent,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “We expect to duplicate that success... Link to full story
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Annual campaign underway to prevent impaired driving

As you prepare for festivities with family and friends, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office wants to remind all drivers that it's dangerous to drive after drinking or drugging. You should choose your role ahead of time: will you drink and drug or will your drive? Remember, even if you only have a little bit to drink or smoke a small amount of marijuana, and think you're "okay to drive,"... Link to full story
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Man sentenced to 47 years for home-invasion robberies

In October, a judge sentenced 21-year-old Azariah Ross to 47 years in prison for a string of home-invasion robberies he committed in 2012. A jury convicted Ross of 16 crimes, including robbery in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and unlawful imprisonment. Ross and three co-defendants committed seven robberies that targeted Asian families in Tacoma... Link to full story

Baking for domestic violence awareness

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office held its annual, office-wide bake sale in October. All proceeds were donated to the YWCA of Pierce County, which provides safe shelter and comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence. The funds raised during the bake sale will have an immediate impact... Link to full story
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