Crime

Man gets 50 years for Frederickson murder

A man convicted of shooting another man to death outside Frederickson last year, apparently in retaliation for stealing his truck, was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison.

A Pierce County jury earlier this month convicted Christopher W. Olsen of first-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2014, death of Robert Ward, 24.

Deputy prosecutors Tim Lewis and Sean Waite argued that Olsen, 34, was angry with Ward because he thought the younger man had stolen a truck from him.

Olsen devised a ruse to lure Ward to parking lot near Canyon Road East and 176th Street East and then shot him when he tried to drive away from the ambush.

Olsen fled the state, but sheriff’s deputies used cellphone records to track him to North Idaho, where they arrested him.

Defense attorney Jack McNeish, who argued for a sentence of 25 years, also sought a new trial for his client, saying he hadn’t had enough time during jury selection to adequately vet potential jurors.

Superior Court Judge Brian Tollefson denied that motion Friday before imposing sentence.

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