Man gets 27 years in Vancouver’s Arnold Park murder

first_imgA transient man was sentenced Monday to 27 1/2 years in prison in the July 2017 fatal shooting of an acquaintance in Vancouver’s Arnold Park.William D. Peek, 29, pleaded guilty in May in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree murder with a firearm enhancement. The prosecution and defense jointly recommended a sentence of about 25 years in prison as part of the plea agreement.Originally, Peek faced first-degree murder in the death of Cody O’Brien, 25, of Battle Ground. In explaining his reason for the longer-than-recommended sentence, Judge Daniel Stahnke cited the vulnerability of O’Brien, who had developmental disabilities, according to O’Brien’s family, due to hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain.O’Brien’s mother, stepmother, father and grandfather spoke at Monday’s hearing. Some family members wore Seattle Seahawks T-shirts with the phrase “For Cody” written on the back. At the end of her statement, Darla O’Brien shared photos of her son with Peek and Stahnke.On the day of the shooting, Cody O’Brien believed he was going to help Peek with a car issue, according to O’Brien’s family.“He was easily manipulated by people, which followed him into adulthood,” Darla O’Brien said. “William Peek figured out that he would be easy prey.”last_img read more