News brief: Chehalis resident locked up briefly for assault of baseball player

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Updated at 8:48 p.m.

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Prison is waiting for a rural Chehalis man after a judge sentenced him for an assault at a Centralia party that left the victim with a broken jaw.

The victim lost 40 pounds because he couldn’t eat and lost a college baseball scholarship, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Mark McClain said. The 19-year-old from Nevada was among about the top 10 prospects in the country before the incident, he said.

Cole T. Rife was given 19 and one half months today for his earlier convictions by a Lewis County jury of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree burglary. He was found not guilty of witness tampering, McClain said.

Following his release, he will be under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections for three years.

He also was ordered to undergo evaluations for anger management and alcohol, and follow the recommendations, McClain said. His lawyer filed a notice of appeal and the judge authorized a $250,000 appeal bond.

Rife, 18, and Tyler L. Burk, 19, from Rochester, were arrested in April for the  March 16 assault at the 500 block of East Maple Street.

Burk testified in Rife’s trial and has pleaded guilty already to lesser charges, according to McClain.

Rife has been out of jail on an unsecured bond since his arrest, and was taken into custody following this morning’s sentencing hearing, McClain said.

Before the day ended, $25,000 was posted with the county clerk’s office on Rife’s behalf, and he was released.
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“Sharyn’s Sirens: Daily police and fire roundup – FIGHT AT PARTY BRINGS FELONY CHARGES” from Saturday April 19, 2014, here

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21 Responses to “News brief: Chehalis resident locked up briefly for assault of baseball player”

  1. Backwards says:

    Bahaha Kerry, he must be an intelligent douche bag. You must be so proud of him and of course, yourself. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you must live in a trailer park and your the planet’s #1 Greg Biffle fan. C’mon tell me, am I right, am I right?

    Lots of love from all of us here at Bully Bashers

  2. Kerry McGill says:

    In reference to I’m watching you: My son (whom you refer to as douchebag) is not currently supervised by the DOC, however he did get permission from Judge Brosey to go to Idaho to attend school, which he did. He graduated with a 4.0. Pretty good for a douchebag, huh? If it is any of your concern, he is now back in good old Lewis County waiting for the court of appeals to rule on his case. Thank you for your concern in his whereabouts, asshat.

  3. lewis says:

    The Rifes have been sucker punching people for generations as well as going to parties uninvited and trashing hosts houses and killing the family pets. Then Sandra Rife spends her evening talking bad about her friends kids are and spreading hate and discontent wherever possible. What a bunch of hick-rubes typical lewis county trash.

  4. Pea body slim says:

    Good luck with sharyons censored web site Bill

  5. I'm watching you says:

    How is it this douche bag is under the supervision of the State DofC for three years but is currently living in Idaho?

  6. Free Air says:

    I’ll say it again:
    If what you’re saying is true, then it’s your duty as a citizen to contact either the WSP Detective Division, or the Seattle FBI Office and bring them up to speed. http://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/when

    It would be completely unacceptable if the person stabbed tried to press charges and was not allowed to do so. If the assault did happen between two unrelated people, then it’s up to the victim to say they want to press charges. Under domestic violence laws, the State does that regardless of the victim’s wishes.

    Did the victim tell the officer they wanted to press charges? Did they contact the Prosecutors Office if the Sheriff’s Office said no? Your story is so far out there it’s hard to believe, mostly because it only takes one phone call to bring in another agency and get it moving. There has to be more your leaving out. If not, there’s the link to make it happen.

  7. Mike says:

    Bill S- I don’t know about the incident where supposedly someone got stabbed and it all got covered up. It could be true or it could be a load of BS. Why don’t you name names? If it is true, tell us who the corrupt cops are. Stop saying it was some LCS Chief Deputy and some Morton cop. Name names and let the chips fall where they may. Or, are you afraid of getting sued for libel?

  8. Mav75 says:

    RepublI logger is right. Have to pay the price. Take it from him.

  9. Bill S says:

    The young man’s father has already done quite a lot but so far it’s all been on deaf ears. They had over $100k in bills at Harborview + a $30 helicopter medieval bill.

    My mother was a deputy sheriff and she got me out of a couple of scrapes when I was young through her professional contacts. Cops take care of their own. It’s not right but happens every day. But I never tried turning stab someone to death.

    I can understand a speeding ticket but fixing attempted murder is a crime. When people can’t get justice in the system there is a lot of resentment.

    I will bring it up with the father again. Maybe we will start postering the upper Cowlitz valley and put up a website.

  10. Free Air says:

    “Bill S says:
    Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:57 …It would be nice if the LCSD had an independent internal affairs that could investigate but there is no protection against powerful corrupt cops within the department.
    Well connected people can get away with murder in Lewis County and have. There is a book on it written by a former cop.”

    If what you’re saying is true, then it’s your duty as a citizen to contact either the WSP Detective Division, or the Seattle FBI Office and bring them up to speed.

  11. Baseball says:

    Cole was the one who punched crump first when he was just sitting outside. Cole got mad he wasn’t invited into the house. And took his anger out on someone for no reason. Ended up breaking his jaw, his eye was swollen shut. Couldn’t eat. Crump is a good friend of mine and it’s nice to see justice is served.

  12. Bill S says:

    The victim tried to get justice but the sheriff’s chief deputy, who lives in this town, cooked the police report and influenced the resulting investigation. This guy has a lot of power in the LCSD.

    The stabber is somewhat of a local war hero up here and his grandpa and uncle are cops. Both him and the sheriff’s deputy are former marines. Supposedly has PTSD and has stabbed 2 other people in the this state previously. He was separated from the Marines for conduct in Iraq.

    I don’t think Sharyn would like me putting names out here where there are no formal charges against the crooked cop or the attempted murderer.

    It would be nice if the LCSD had an independent internal affairs that could investigate but there is no protection against powerful corrupt cops within the department.

    Well connected people can get away with murder in Lewis County and have. There is a book on it written by a former cop.

  13. free air says:

    BS,
    Who stabbed who?
    You keep bringing this up, but never any names. Did the victim refuse to file charges?
    Quit with the rumors and lay it out.

  14. sandy says:

    Thank you Mr. Right and yes McClain is a poor excuse for a human being. It is shameful to sit in a courtroom and hear lie after lie come out of persons mouth that is supposed to be upholding the law. Poor Ty is the one that is going to have to live with himself.

  15. Mr. Right. says:

    This kid wasn’t even a starter for CC. And the “victim” started the fight, at 1 point in time there was 4 against cole. sirens were heard cole took off, ty burk kicked the kid in the jaw(resulting in the breaking) Cole was already gone. McClain is a sorry excuse for a human being, lied through his teeth during the whole trial. As did Ty Burk.
    Ty Burk is a coward.

  16. Bill S says:

    When someone is assaulted and left with a broken jaw the assaulters should get serious jail time. It looks like justice was served in lewis county. Too bad we can’t get it in the east end. We had a kid stabbed in the back multiple times who nearly died. Chief LCS deputy took the stabber to his grandpa’s house who is a Morton cop. No charges filed. It’s who you know at LCS that determines what justice you get or don’t get in Lewis County.

  17. sandy says:

    Mark McClain should work for the Enquirer, one of the top 10 prospects on the country!!!! how stupid do you think the public is?

  18. sandy says:

    I didn’t understand that one of the top 10 prospects in the country and attending Centralia college, and losing his career over a broken jaw. Yep a bad mistake was made and hopefully will learn from it.

  19. Republican Logger says:

    And they have to pay for those mistakes to learn from them.

  20. Guilty Bystander says:

    “The 19-year-old from Nevada was among about the top 10 prospects in the country before the incident, he said.”

    Really, Mark? According to whom? His mom? Top 10 prospects at the national level do not choose Centralia College and they do not lose their scholarship over a broken jaw…they redshirt. Guess it’s not just defense attorneys who overdo the hyperbole.

    Good to see the sentence, though. Can’t be beating up people over an argument (or whatever) at a party.

  21. FunnyHunny says:

    Smh.. Cole was/is a good kid just got mixed up I suppose. Known him and his brother since 4th grade. Kids make mistakes just like any of us :/

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