A 19-year-old Port Orchard woman who witnessed the killing of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu was found guilty of rendering criminal assistance in the first degree last Friday. Megan Mollet was also convicted with making a false statement to a public servant in Kitsap Superior Court after a jury took less than a day to deliberate following a four-day trial, presided over by Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills.
Mollet faces up to ten years in prison and a $20,000 dollar fine for lying to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Officer about whether she knew 28-year-old Joshua Blake, Radulescu’s killer, the morning after Radulescu was killed on Feb 23. Sentencing for the trial is June 5, said Jonathan Morrison, Mollet’s defense lawyer.
Morrison declined to speak much about the case but did anticipate filling an appeal. He also said Mollet was devastated after the sentencing. “She was pretty upset,” he said.
During the trial, Morrison contended that Mollet only lied to police officers because she feared for her own life, not to actively hide Blake from the police.
“She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he told jurors.
Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Tim Drury alleged that Blake and Mollet were friends, and when she told police officers she didn’t know of a man named Joshua Blake, she was doing so to hide someone she cared about.
“She lied for Joshua Blake,” Drury said.
After the trooper was shot, Blake and Mollet fled to a residence at 3700 Schofield Road in Port Orchard. It was there that Mollet lied to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy, after Blake had already left the scene.