The Lewiston man charged with second-degree murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed man he caught burglarizing his cabin near Soldiers Meadow last year has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter next month.
According to the Lewiston Tribune, 57-year-old Darren McCann allegedly shot 49-year-old Jerry Glass Jr., of Spokane early last August. McCann told authorities he’s gone to check on his and his neighbor’s cabins after hearing law enforcement reports that Glass had been burglarizing cabins in the area. Two days earlier, Glass had raced away from a Whitman County traffic stop in a stolen vehicle before crashing it in the Zaza Grade area near the cabins and evading capture.
McCann allegedly found Glass in the lower floor of his cabin during his check. He placed Glass under citizen’s arrest before marching him at gunpoint with a AR-style rifle along Soldiers Meadow Road to find a cellphone signal so he could call police. Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office deputies who testified at the preliminary hearing said McCann told them he and Glass had gone about two-tenths of a mile on the road when Glass shoved him and ran into the forested area.
McCann allegedly fired one shot into the ground, then another shot at Glass, who was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the back by deputies who arrived after McCann contacted them about the incident.
A change-of-plea hearing has been set for May 4th.
Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum term of 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. (Lewiston Tribune)