ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Five days of work release and a $3,000 fine. That is the penalty for evidence tampering for an aide to former Snohomish County executive Aaron Reardon.
Kevin Hulten pleaded guilty to evidence tampering and rushed into a waiting car outside of district court in Arlington Monday. His attorney says he's anxious to put his crime behind him.
"He’s concerned about having a new job, and losing that new job," said attorney Jim Johanson. "He doesn’t want to do that."
Reardon, once a rising star in the Democratic party was eventually brought down by political scandal, and a criminal investigation. His career eventually ended with his resignation last year.
Reardon himself was never charged. But Hulten, who wiped a work computer clean before handing it over to detectives, did not escape prosecution.
"If it were to send a message that someone in public life or working for a county or government, is going to get prosecuted for things they do wrong, I hope it’s a message people have," said Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe.
Roe says Skagit county prosecutors handled the case to avoid any possible conflict of interest.
But for at least one Snohomish county resident, Hulten's sentence was not enough. Megan Anderson of Snohomish showed up at district court to voice her concerns to the judge.
"The message here today is carry on, commit your crimes, because the worst thing that can happen is that you might be guilty of a misdemeanor and serve five days with a Skagit County work crew," she said.
After Hulten's community service, he will return to his new home in California, signifying a possible end to Snohomish County's embarrassing saga.