MOSES LAKE — A Moses Lake man who suddenly attacked his mother on New Year’s Day, causing her to fear for her life, was sentenced to one day in jail.
Keisyn Drake Claunch, 18, pleaded guilty last week to fourth-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.
On Jan. 1, police responded to a report of assault in the 800 block of West Polo Ridge Drive shortly after 1:30 a.m. The responding officer found blood on the front door of the residence, on the concrete nearby, all over the interior floor and spattered across the ceiling, according to court documents.
Police found Claunch’s mother with a black eye and a bleeding eyebrow with cuts on her face, neck and hands. She told police that when she arrived home that night, Claunch, who had been drinking, immediately walked up to her and started punching her in the face.
She reportedly attempted to flee out of the front door multiple times, but Claunch repeatedly dragged her by the hair back into the residence, beating her for several minutes.
At some point, Claunch stopped attacking his mother long enough for her to run to a neighbor’s house, she said, but when she banged on the neighbor’s door for help, he again walked over to her and dragged her back into the residence. She told police that he then proceeded to punch her across the body for several minutes before stopping again.
Claunch’s mother reportedly was able to escape the residence again long enough to get to the house of another neighbor, who let her in and called 911. She was taken to Samaritan Hospital for her injuries. Claunch had fled the scene by the time police arrived, but was later found by police sleeping in his mother’s bed.
Claunch was initially arrested for second-degree assault, though this was pleaded down to a misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. Claunch, a first-time offender, had his felony sentence reduced to one day and his misdemeanor sentence of 364 days suspended for two years.