A man who mangled his hand with a homemade bomb and caused a Puyallup hospital to be evacuated won’t serve prison time for the explosion.
Chase Joel Enoch Beattie, 19, pleaded guilty earlier this month to intimidation or harassment with an explosive.
He has no criminal history, and on Sept. 15, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Garold Johnson sentenced him as a first-time offender to zero days behind bars and 12 months of supervision by the state Department of Corrections.
As part of the sentence, Beattie isn’t allowed to have explosives.
Beattie maintained his innocence in the plea agreement. He wrote that he doesn’t believe he committed the crime, but thought he’d likely be convicted at trial, and pleaded guilty as part of negotiations with prosecutors.
Charging papers gave this account of what happened:
The explosive went off just before 4 a.m. Jan. 8 in the 700 block of 13th Street Southwest in Puyallup. The blast was near the home of Beattie’s ex-girlfriend, who’d broken up with him about a week before.
Beattie called 911, and police found him outside Good Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries to his left hand.
He was on the ground 10 feet from a pickup that smelled of gunpowder and was filled with beer bottles. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Meanwhile, the Puyallup hospital closed its main entrance, emptied six patient rooms and took other precautions as investigators checked out the truck.
Eventually, they decided it was safe to tow away.
Beattie allegedly told them he’d planned to set off the device by his ex’s home. Not to hurt her, he said, but to get her to contact him.
Police suspected him of using explosives after two previous breakups — once damaging an ex’s car and once damaging the car of an ex’s parents.
He was not charged in those cases, according to court records.