Man gets three years for giving drugs to 14-year-old girl

Published on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 by Ian Ferguson

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A Blaine man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for providing heroin and methamphetamine to a 14-year-old girl and having a relationship with her when he was 19.

Kyler Mackowiak, who is now 21, pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance and second-degree assault. The assault charge was the result of a sexual relationship the two had in August 2011, when he repeatedly injected her with heroin and cooked methamphetamine for her to smoke according to documents filed with Whatcom County Superior Court.

Mackowiak had a criminal record before this latest sentencing. He pled guilty in 2012 to solicitation to unlawful possession of the prescription painkiller oxycodone. As a juvenile, he pled guilty to resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and third-degree theft.

Prosecuting attorney Eric Richey said the guilty plea was the result of conversations he had with the defendant, his family, the defense attorney and the victim’s family.

“We discussed what would be an appropriate sentence for the crime, then we figured out the appropriate charges from there,” he said. “The most compelling crime in the eyes of the victim’s family was the fact that he injected her with heroin.”

Charges were altered from rape of a child in the third degree to second

degree assault and delivery of a controlled substance. Those charges typically carry a range of sentences up to 32 months in prison, but Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig handed down a 40-month sentence, based on what Uhrig called, “exceptional circumstances.”

“When you have two crimes, they can compound and lead to stricter sentences,” Richey explained.