SPOKANE, Wash. --- An inmate at the Spokane County Jail violated his release conditions not once, but four times. KREM 2 On Your Side wanted to know what happens when someone shows a pattern of blatant disregard for the law.
Alexander Stormy, 31, has been convicted of 20 felony crimes. Most recently, he was released from prison back in May and was supposed to be serving 12 months of community custody.
Community custody is a program designed to keep recently released inmates out of trouble and the community safe.
However, according to court documents, Stormy failed to check in with the department of corrections.
Since May, Stormy has been arrested four different times.
Stormy was released from prison May 16, 2016, but according to court documents, he immediately violated his release conditions.
On July 4, 2016, Stormy was re-arrested, and then released again, on July 18, 2016.
Again, Stormy immediately failed to report to the department of corrections.
Stormy was then re-arrested on Aug.3 and released on Aug. 19.
KREM 2 reached out to the Washington State Department of Corrections to find out why Stormy keeps getting released, even though he keeps breaking the rules.
“Whenever he violates the terms of the conditions of his community supervision we are provided the tools to sanction him up to 30 days in jail for a violation,” said Jeremey Barclay from the Washington State Department of Corrections.
Since Stormy served his prison sentence, the department of corrections cannot keep him in jail for very long.
The department of corrections can re-arrest him for his community custody violation, hold a hearing and keep him locked up for no more than 30 days.
“So each time that he fails to report to the community supervision office we hold a hearing, provide him his due process, when he's found guilty, then we'll sanction him 14 days, 20 days, up to 30 days, in the county jail,” said Barclay.
After his release in August, Stormy disappeared.
Police said two days after his August release, Stormy was involved in a shooting at Al’s Motel on Division.
While investigating the shooting, detectives identified Stormy as a suspect and eventually tracked him to a home on the lower South Hill, earlier this week.
Stormy was safely taken into custody after a SWAT standoff.
He remains in jail charged with 1st degree assault with a firearm for the shooting at Al’s Motel..
The Washington Department of Corrections said the majority of people on community custody are successful, but sometimes they deal with cases like Stormy’s, which can be frustrating.
“When an individual is not working toward those same goals through the housing vouchers that we provide, through any of our transitionary services, through the programs we have available to help folks like Mr. Stormy, it's frustrating that the individuals don't want to help themselves,” said Barclay.