KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
LUMMI, Wash. – A Nooksack tribal member who pleaded guilty to killing a Lummi tribal elder has been sentenced to prison.
Levi Eugene Joseph Charles will serve over 23 years in prison for killing 67-year-old Kenneth Joseph with an ax during a robbery last year.
Assistant U.S Attorney Todd Greenberg says the victim was known for helping others.
Charles had sold various arts and crafts to Joseph in the past, and came to his house on the morning of October 23 intending to steal the items back so he could resell them.
Greenberg says prosecutors wanted a longer sentence, but the judge showed some compassion for Charles after his family told the court about his troubled past.
There is a chance that Charles could be released earlier with good behavior.