Joseph Anthony Armas was sentenced to 90 months in prison for the manslaughter death of Port Orchard resident Ashlee McClelland in November. (File photo)

Joseph Anthony Armas was sentenced to 90 months in prison for the manslaughter death of Port Orchard resident Ashlee McClelland in November. (File photo)

Manslaughter suspect sentenced to 90 months

Man shot Port Orchard woman while cleaning stolen rifle

PORT ORCHARD — A 23-year-old man who was taken into custody in November for the manslaughter death of his Port Orchard girlfriend was sentenced last month by a Kitsap County Superior Court judge to 90 months behind bars.

Joseph Anthony Armas later told investigators he accidentally shot Ashlee McClelland, 20, at her Port Orchard apartment while unloading a stolen rifle Nov. 4.

Armas, who has a criminal past, previously was sentenced for fourth-degree domestic violence in Thurston County, according to court records. Kitsap County Superior Court Judge William C. Houser levied the 7-1/2-month sentence after a plea bargain agreement was reached between county prosecutors and Armas’s public defender.

Armas had attempted to take McClelland to Harrison Urgent Care on South Kitsap Boulevard the evening of Nov. 4 after shooting her in the chest. He was stopped by Port Orchard police officer near the location after running a stop sign. The woman later died at Tacoma General Hospital.

He was taken into custody Nov. 6 in Nisqually, Thurston County, and booked on charges of manslaughter, first-degree domestic violence and illegal possession of a firearm.

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