Greenway rape suspect sentenced to life in prison with minimum of 16 years
YAKIMA, Wash. - The teen accused of being the Yakima Greenway rapist has been sentenced to life in prison but he could still eventually get out.
Joshua Pulliam was sentenced to life in prison but could get parole after a minimum of 16 years and 8 months behind bars.
Police arrested the teen in November of 2017 after a 19-year-old woman told police she had been attacked and raped while jogging on the Greenway.
During the sentencing, an interpreter read a letter of another one of Pulliam’s victims.
“You already ruined the life of two people and believe me it’s better to be dead than to be one of your victims, dead in life,” said the victim’s letter.
Pulliam had been linked to other attacks like forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him while he held a rock over her head and trying to rape another woman on the Greenway path.
He was 16 years old when the assault was reported but has been tried as an adult due to the seriousness of his crimes.
Yakima Police Department’s Detective Curtis Oja said Pulliam is a danger to the community because it wasn’t just once but multiple times he assaulted random women in broad daylight.
“All of these assaults occurred during daylight hours. All of the assaults were in open public places that were frequently hit by other members of our community,” said Oja.
Pulliam’s mother also testified saying she knew something was wrong with her son but was never able to get the help he needed.
“I told his probation officer that Josh was looking at porn on his phone and he needed help then but his probation officer said kids will be kids. I knew he needed help but he wasn’t getting the help he needed at that time,” said Pulliam’s mother.
During the sentencing, Pulliam got up to say a few words to the victims.
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to all the victims, I just hope they will forgive me,” said Pulliam.
The judge said that although Pulliam was being tried as an adult, she took into consideration his youthfulness and mental state.
If Pulliam is released from prison after the 16 years he will still have to spend his life in community custody.