Because the suspect has not yet been charged as an adult, the Yakima Herald-Republic is withholding the juvenile’s name.
The suspect, who faces several charges, including aggravated first-degree murder, appeared in Yakima County Juvenile Court on Wednesday.
And while Harlan’s case is unusual because his extensive criminal history drove up his maximum sentencing range, police have long complained that state law limits the severity of time behind bars for most defendants.
Prosecutors had sought even more time for Harlan, unsuccessfully arguing that his sentence did not fully account for both his felony and misdemeanor history.
It’s unknown if he will eventually face charges in juvenile or adult court, said Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic.
When a 16- or 17-year-old is charged with murder, they’re automatically sent to adult court.
For example, while not accounting for the entire Seattle statistical area measured in the NICB report, Seattle police reported a 29 percent decline in auto thefts between 20.
The county had ranked at third in 2015 among Washington cities. Jeff Schneider, who oversees the department’s property crimes detectives, suggested that the city’s ranking reflects changes in the other cities more than it does a spike in Yakima thefts, which remained effectively flat.
Harlan’s case is unusual for the length of his sentence, but police say a relatively small group of repeat offenders like him are responsible for giving the Yakima area one of the highest car theft rates in the nation.
Among nearly 10 felony convictions as an adult, Harlan has two cases dating back to 1994 that involve stolen vehicles.
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The 15-year-old, however, was not found until Tuesday afternoon when police arrested him without incident at an apartment in the 200 block of South Fourth Street.