Court of Appeals Division I
State of Washington
Opinion Information Sheet
Docket Number: 58715-3
Title of Case: State Of Washington, Respondent V. Beau Aram Smith, Appellant
File Date: 12/10/2007
SOURCE OF APPEAL
Appeal from King County Superior Court
Docket No: 06-1-02391-5
Judgment or order under review
Date filed: 07/21/2006
Judge signing: Honorable James D Cayce
Authored by H Joseph Coleman
Concurring: Ann Schindler
C. Kenneth Grosse
COUNSEL OF RECORD
Counsel for Appellant(s)
Washington Appellate Project
Attorney at Law
1511 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA, 98101
Jason Brett Saunders
Washington Appellate Project
1511 3rd Ave Ste 701
Seattle, WA, 98101-3635
Vanessa Mi-jo Lee
Attorney at Law
1511 3rd Ave Ste 701
Seattle, WA, 98101-3647
Beau Aram Smith - Doc #919847 (Appearing Pro Se)
Counsel for Respondent(s)
William Leonard Doyle
King County Prosecutors' Office
W554 King County Courthouse
516 Third Ave
Seattle, WA, 98104-2390
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON
STATE OF WASHINGTON, ) NO. 58715-3-I
Respondent, ) DIVISION ONE
BEAU A. SMITH, ) Published Opinion
Appellant. ) FILED: December 10, 2007
Coleman, J. -- We must decide whether the trial court gave Beau Smith a part
concurrent, part consecutive "hybrid sentence" in violation of RCW 9.94.589. In the
same proceeding, Smith was given DOSA (Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative)
sentences of 50 months and 18 months and a non-DOSA sentence of 43 months. The
first half of Smith's DOSA sentences (25 months and 9 months, respectively) run
concurrently with his 43-month, non-DOSA sentence. At the end of the 25 months,
however, Smith will remain in confinement to finish the rest of his 43-month, non-DOSA
sentence. After he completes the non-DOSA sentence, he then begins to serve the
rest of his DOSA sentences in community custody. Smith requests that we remand for
resentencing and order the trial court to impose concurrent DOSA sentences for all of
his convictions. We remand for resentencing because Smith's sentence is hybrid, but
we do not direct the court to impose concurrent DOSA sentences.
On November 10, 2005, Smith was charged with one count of possession of
stolen property in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty ("2005 conviction").1
Smith failed to appear at his February 3, 2006 sentencing hearing, however, and the
next day committed two more offenses: possession of stolen property in the first
degree and possession of cocaine. On February 7, 2006, he was charged with both
offenses, and those offenses were given a different cause number from the 2005
conviction. A jury found Smith guilty of both offenses in May 2006 ("2006 convictions").
A sentencing hearing for all offenses occurred on July 18 and 19, 2006. The
standard range for the 2005 conviction was 43 to 57 months. The standard range for
the 2006 possession of stolen property was 43 to 57 months, and the standard range
for the 2006 possession of cocaine was 12+ to 24 months. The State recommended an
exceptional sentence based on the "free crime" doctrine under RCW 9.94A.535(2)(c).2
Smith requested a DOSA for all of the offenses.3
1 Under the same cause number, Smith was also charged with possession of
cocaine, but this charge was dismissed and is not relevant to this appeal.
2 Under RCW 9.94A.535(2)(c), "*The trial court may impose an aggravated
exceptional sentence without a finding of fact by a jury" if "The defendant has
committed multiple current offenses and the defendant's high offender score results in
some of the current offenses going unpunished."
3 A person sentenced under DOSA serves "A period of total confinement in a
Before imposing sentence, the court asked how the Department of Corrections
(DOC) would treat Smith's sentence if the court imposed a DOSA for one cause
number and rejected a DOSA for the other cause number. Smith's counsel for the 2006
convictions, Bill Prestia, followed up with the DOC and then sent an email to the court,
the prosecutor, and Scott Saeda, Smith's attorney for the 2005 conviction. In this e-
mail, Prestia wrote, in part,
At this morning's sentencing on this case, the Court directed that I contact
DOC and determine how DOC would handle these two cases if the Court
imposed 57 months on the first cause number, and a DOSA (25/25) on the
second cause number, to run concurrent. I just spoke to Jayne Olsen . . . at
DOC in Shelton. She stated that if the Court passes sentence as described, the
[sic] Mr. Smith would serve the 57 months on the first case (minus good time),
and the 25 month in-custody portion of the second case, concurrent, for a total in-
custody period of 57 months minus good time. Upon release, Mr. Smith would
serve the 25 month out-of-custody portion of the DOSA. In short, the 57 months
in custody would not "eat up" the out of custody portion of the DOSA. The
chemical dependency treatment that is a mandatory portion of the DOSA would
be completed while the offender is in custody.
Clerk's Papers (CP) at 45 -- 46.
After considering argument, the court denied Smith's DOSA request for the 2005
I believe that Smith is eligible for a DOSA. Obviously, he's got drug problems
and undoubtedly alcohol problems. He's had lots of opportunities in the past to
take care of those. He has a DUI conviction and probably another - - the
information is another DUI that was charged although dismissed, and a long
history of criminal offenses which would indicate to all of us essentially someone
his age has got an ongoing drug and alcohol or substance abuse problem. But
state facility for one-half of the midpoint of the standard sentence range or twelve
months, whichever is greater. . . ." RCW 9.94A.660(5)(a). He or she then serves "The
remainder of the midpoint of the standard range as a term of community custody which
must include appropriate substance abuse treatment in a program that has been
approved by the division of alcohol and substance abuse of the department of social
and health services." RCW 9.94A.660(5)(b).
he does have a lengthy criminal history and I don't think just a DOSA, given the
length of time that he would serve, will be a fair sentence.
Report of Proceedings (RP) (July 19, 2006) at 6 -- 7. Instead, the court imposed a non-
DOSA sentence of 43 months for the 2005 conviction. For the 2006 convictions, the
court imposed a DOSA sentence of 50 months on count one and 18 months on count
two. Thus, on count one, the court sentenced Smith to 25 months of confinement and
25 months of community custody. On count two, the court sentenced him to 9 months
of confinement and 9 months of community custody.
The in-custody portions of Smith's DOSA sentences would run concurrently with
his 43-month, non-DOSA sentence. After 25 months in-custody, he would be finished
serving the in-custody portions of his DOSA sentences, but he would remain in custody
to finish his non-DOSA sentence. After he had completed his non-DOSA sentence, he
would be released from confinement to serve the community custody portions of his
Smith's counsel objected to the sentence, arguing that the court had imposed de
facto consecutive sentences. The court responded, "I guess the only comment I have
is the alternative for Mr. Smith at this point would be I would give him 57 months on
Count 1 . . . because I think his history warrants it, then he wouldn't get the benefits of
treatment." Id. at 9. Smith appeals his sentence.
Smith argues that his sentence is hybrid because the first half of his DOSA
sentences run concurrently with his non-DOSA sentence, but the community custody
portions of his DOSA sentences run consecutively to his non-DOSA sentence. We
agree and remand for resentencing.
RCW 9.94A.589(3) provides that "whenever a person is sentenced for a felony
that was committed while the person was not under sentence for conviction of a felony,
the sentence shall run concurrently" with the other felony sentences, "unless the court
pronouncing the current sentence expressly orders that they be served consecutively."
RCW 9.94A.589(3). Thus, under RCW 9.94.589(3), a sentence must either be
concurrent with another sentence or consecutive to it. The statute does not authorize a
hybrid model, where a sentence is concurrent in part and consecutive in part. State v.
Grayson, 130 Wn. App. 782, 783, 125 P.3d 169 (2005).
In Grayson, this court rejected a trial court's imposition of a hybrid sentence.
Grayson received a standard range sentence of 138 months on one cause number. A
month later, on a different cause number, he faced a standard range sentence of 108 to
144 months. Under RCW 9.94A.589(3), the trial court had the option of expressly
ordering a consecutive sentence on the second cause number. But the court believed
that a consecutive sentence would be too harsh because Grayson would receive an
additional 9 to 12 years of incarceration. The court also believed that a concurrent
sentence would be too lenient because Grayson would at most receive only six
additional months of incarceration. To resolve the matter, the court imposed a hybrid
sentence. It ordered a 144-month sentence on the second cause number, and a 12-
month portion of that sentence was to be served consecutive to the 138-month
sentence on the first cause number, while the rest was to run concurrently. The Court
of Appeals held that RCW 9.94.589(3) does not authorize a part consecutive, part
concurrent hybrid sentence. "Nothing in the statute suggests that the court
pronouncing 'the sentence' can divide it into two parts, one part to run concurrently with
the other sentences and the other consecutively." Grayson, 130 Wn. App. at 786. The
court remanded for resentencing.
Smith also received a hybrid sentence. The in-custody portions of his DOSA
sentences run concurrently with his non-DOSA sentence of 43 months, but the
community custody portions of his DOSA sentences run consecutively to the non-
DOSA sentence. Like the 12 months to be served consecutively to the sentence in
Grayson, the community custody portions of Smith's DOSA sentences are "tacked on"
to the end of his non-DOSA sentence. Grayson, 130 Wn. App. at 786. Smith's
sentence is part concurrent and part consecutive.
The State argues that the DOSA statute authorizes Smith's sentence because
DOSA may be imposed only for violations involving small quantities of controlled
substances, thus often necessitating a combination of DOSA and non-DOSA sentences
imposed in the same proceeding. The DOSA statute, RCW 9.94A.660(1)(d), provides,
An offender is eligible for the special drug offender sentencing alternative if:
. . . .
For a violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act . . . the offense
involved only a small quantity of the particular controlled substance . . . .
The State explains that it is common for defendants to receive a DOSA sentence in
combination with a non-DOSA sentence. For example,
if a defendant possessed a large amount of cocaine for one offense, and a small
amount of methamphetamine for another offense, the statute authorizes the trial
court to deny a DOSA for the cocaine offense, and impose a DOSA for the
Br. of Respondent at 11. The State warns that "If such sentences were unlawful, every
time a defendant is statutorily eligible for a DOSA on one current offense, but not
another, a sentencing court could not lawfully order a DOSA for the eligible offense."
Br. of Respondent at 11.
The difficulty with the State's argument is that even if Smith's sentence is
consistent with the DOSA statute, it is still a hybrid sentence in violation of RCW
9.94.589(3). The legislature may want to change the statute to allow the type of
sentence that Smith received. This court, however, is bound by the statute.
Smith next argues that "this case should be remanded with instructions to the
court to review both cause numbers and impose concurrent DOSA sentencing for both."
Br. of Appellant at 26. We disagree because the DOSA statute clearly gives trial courts
discretion to impose a DOSA sentence "if the court determines that a sentence under
this section is appropriate." RCW 9.94A.660(4). Even if a defendant is eligible for
DOSA, the decision to impose a DOSA rests in the sentencing court's discretion. State
v. Conners, 90 Wn. App. 48, 53, 950 P.2d 519 (1998). For example, in State v.
Gronnert, 122 Wn. App. 214, 225-26, 93 P.3d 200 (2004), the Court of Appeals held
that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by denying a DOSA request, despite the
fact that the trial court expressed its contempt for DOSA in general. The court
reasoned that the trial court properly exercised its discretion by determining that the
program would not benefit either the defendant or the community. See also State v.
Barton, 121 Wn. App. 792, 797 -- 98, 90 P.3d 1138 (2004) (holding that the legislative
grant of discretion was broad enough to include the trial court's stated reason that the
defendant and the community would not benefit from a DOSA because of perceived
program inadequacies). On remand, the trial court may, but is not required to, impose
a DOSA on any of Smith's sentences.
For the foregoing reasons, we remand for resentencing.