Tag: warren d. willis
By Caleb Hutton
BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend several times has pleaded guilty and agreed to a recommended prison term of 15 years.
Warren Denell Willis, 32, admitted guilt Tuesday, Dec. 4, to first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault after he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on June 24, attacking her and her current boyfriend with a knife.
In the plea deal, prosecutors recommended Willis serve a 15-year sentence. He also agreed to pay about $3,000 in restitution.
Deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of East Smith Road at about 8 a.m., where Warren Willis … had allegedly forced his way in and assaulted his ex-girlfriend. She had moved to the home to get away from Willis and didn’t think he knew where she lived, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Willis allegedly pulled the woman’s hair, repeatedly punched her, attempted to strangle her, slammed her face into a kitchen counter and stabbed her multiple times. He told her that he was going to kill her.
The woman’s current boyfriend and a female friend told deputies they saw Willis straddling the woman and stabbing and punching her. They tried to stop him by hitting him with potted plants and pots and pans, and using a Taser.
As they tried to help, Willis allegedly tried to assault them as well, attempting to stab the current boyfriend.
The assault finally stopped when Willis was hit in the head with a pan. Sheriff Bill Elfo said that if the two hadn’t intervened, Willis might have killed the woman.
The woman was taken to St. Joseph hospital with stab wounds, a broken nose and bruising and swelling to her face and neck. She was released from the hospital Sunday night.
I plan to follow up on the story at Willis’ sentencing. The date of that hearing wasn’t available from the prosecutor’s office.