Man re­ceives prison time for stab­bing out­side store

The News Tribune - - Local - BY ALEXIS KRELL AND STACIA GLENN [email protected]­new­stri­ [email protected]­new­stri­

A 20-year-old man was sen­tenced Fri­day to decades in prison for fa­tally stab­bing an­other man out­side a Fred­er­ick­son-area con­ve­nience store ear­lier this year.

Tyler Wal­lace pleaded guilty Fri­day to sec­ond­de­gree mur­der in the death of 18-year-old Ed­ward “Ed­die” An­thony Pilotte II. Pierce County Su­pe­rior Court Judge Ste- phanie Arend gave him a high­end sen­tence of 20 years, four months in prison.

Wal­lace’s mother, Sarah, told the court she had done “ev­ery­thing un­der the sun” to get her son help for his men­tal ill­ness, which she said has been an is­sue since he was 8.

She asked the judge for le­niency on her son’s be- half. She said he’s worth re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing, but knows he needs to face con­se­quences for what he did.

Wal­lace’s at­tor­neys wrote the court that he’d been hav­ing para­noia, hal­lu­ci­na­tions and trou­ble with daily liv­ing tasks in the weeks be­fore the March 5 stab­bing.

“This de­te­ri­o­ra­tion cul­mi­nated with Tyler Wal­lace fa­tally stab­bing Ed­ward Pilotte,” de­fense at­tor­neys Joseph Evans and Alex Ki­ri­gin wrote in

their sen­tenc­ing mem­o­ran­dum.

They asked for a lowend sen­tence of 12 years, three months.

Evans told Arend that Wal­lace started us­ing drugs, which made the symp­toms of his men­tal ill­ness worse. The men­tal health sys­tem, the at­tor­ney said, failed him.

There was a dis­pute be­tween Wal­lace and Pilotte, and Wal­lace “cer­tainly es­ca­lated what might have been a fist­fight, at most,” Evans said.

Many of Pilotte’s loved ones wrote the court about their grief over his death.

He liked freestyling rap­ping, and of­ten asked peo­ple to give him a word to start him off. He also loved work­ing on cars, they said, and had been ex­cited to join his un­cle’s semi-pro­fes­sional drift rac­ing team.

“It wasn’t a fight that went wrong,” his fa­ther, also named Ed­ward Pilotte, said in court. “This guy pre­med­i­tat­edly mur­dered my child.”

The elder Pilotte told The News Tri­bune pre­vi­ously that he be­lieved his son was killed while on his way to re­trieve a baby bot­tle his new girl­friend left at a gas sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to charg­ing papers:

A wit­ness called 911 to re­port two men fight­ing out­side the store in the 16100 block of Canyon Road East.

By­s­tanders saw Pilotte’s Acura In­te­gra driv­ing back­wards in cir­cles, and when they leaned inside to stop the car, they re­al­ized the driver was hurt.

Sher­iff’s deputies re­sponded, and found Pilotte slumped out­side of the car. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Wal­lace’s grand­mother called 911 about that time to re­port Wal­lace had come home and was talk­ing about pos­si­bly stab­bing some­one.

He spoke with dis­patch­ers, and said it was self­de­fense. Deputies said they didn’t be­lieve Pilotte threat­ened Wal­lace or tried to hurt him.

The two had ar­gued in the past about a woman, and Wal­lace al­legedly threat­ened Pilotte on Face­book.

On Fri­day, when Wal­lace ad­dressed the court, he said: “I apol­o­gize deeply, be­cause this is some­thing that’s tragic.”

He said he re­al­ized Pilotte is gone, some­thing he never wanted that to hap­pen.

Be­fore she sen­tenced Wal­lace, Arend said Pilotte clearly “had a bright fu­ture ahead of him.”

She noted that Wal­lace now has a med­i­ca­tion reg­i­men that is keep­ing him sta­ble, but said she is con­cerned he could be at risk to re­of­fend, should he stop tak­ing the medicine when he’s re­leased.

Ed­ward Pilotte II

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