Court commissioner enters plea for Singleton after he chooses not to

ASOTIN, WA - A not guilty plea was entered in court Wednesday afternoon for Asotin County Jail Commander Jon Singleton.

Singleton, who made a court appearance Wednesday without any representation, allegedly threatened to kill Prosecutor Ben Nichols during an angry outburst on September 24th.

Court Commissioner Tom Ledgerwood, who's been approved to be the pro tem judge entered the not guilty plea on Singleton's behalf after the defendant chose not to enter one himself. Singleton also signed a no-contact order with the primary complaining witnesses in the case.

"A plea of not guilty will be entered for Mr. Singleton," said Ledgerwood. "And based on state recommendation I will release you on your own recognizance."

A year in jail along with a $5,000 fine is the maximum sentence for harassment charges as a gross misdemeanor. Singleton is scheduled to appear in court again on January 23rd.