Man accused of impersonating officer may face third strike

first_imgA Vancouver man accused of impersonating a police officer as a ruse to kidnap and rape women was arraigned Monday on multiple charges, and may be facing a third-strike offense.Shannon “Shawn” Stover, 46, pleaded not guilty in Clark County Superior Court to first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping with sexual motivation, attempted first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.Stover declined to set over the arraignment, despite not yet knowing if he faces a third strike. Under the state’s three-strikes law, offenders convicted three times of certain violent and sexual felonies receive mandatory life sentences.Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said he is still gathering information about Stover’s potential criminal history in Oregon, specifically, a second-degree robbery conviction that would count as a strike offense.Stover’s trial is set to start March 20, though his court-appointed attorney, Louis Byrd Jr., said that with the prosecution still gathering information, it’s unlikely they will be ready in time.last_img read more