Harassment conviction far from mans first

first_imgA Vancouver transient who followed an all-female boot camp fitness class through Esther Short Park threatening to “rape and kill” participants was sentenced to more than one year in jail Thursday. It was approximately his 100th local conviction since 2004.Paul David Wilkins, 43, was convicted of one count of misdemeanor harassment and sentenced to a year in jail relating to the incident, plus an additional 226 days for a parole violation. Wilkins has a string of prior convictions in Clark County — including at least 69 citations for opening or consuming alcohol in public since 2004 — and District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman gave him the maximum sentence allowed, Vancouver Assistant City Attorney Darren DeFrance said.Wilkins was arrested Jan. 31 following his harassment of the class, and his antics prompted Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt to call for a heightened police presence in Esther Short Park. Police began a three-month enforcement push on drinking, camping, littering and other crimes in the park in March.DeFrance described Wilkins’ criminal history as “vast.”“He’s a persistent offender, and he’s typically a persistent offender in the downtown area,” DeFrance said.Since 2004, his convictions have included: one count of felony harassment; one count of misdemeanor harassment; one count of stalking; two counts of assault in the fourth degree; five counts of criminal trespass in the second degree; three counts of criminal trespassing in the first degree; one count of malicious mischief in the third degree; two counts of disorderly conduct; one count of provoking assault; four counts of pedestrian interference; three counts of urinating in public; three counts of unlawful camping; along with the approximately 69 infractions for opening or consuming liquor in a public place.Wilkins’ case was initially filed as a felony harassment charge, but that charge was dropped to a misdemeanor-level crime, DeFrance said.Wilkins has been in jail since his arrest on Jan. 31, where he was being held on $5,000 bail. His 226 extra days for parole violation are to run consecutive to his one-year sentence for harassment, but Zimmerman said that after his one-year term Wilkins may be released to in-patient alcohol treatment in lieu of serving the additional time — if he expresses a willingness to undergo treatment.last_img read more