Islander avoids charge on illegal indoor pot farm

The Bainbridge Island man arrested for allegedly growing marijuana and threatening the life of a Kitsap family will not face charges on having an illegal indoor pot farm.

Eldon Wihau Hamblin, 38, struck a plea agreement with prosecutors that set aside pending marijuana and harassment charges. Instead, he faces one count for the unlawful possession of a firearm.

Hamblin’s status as a convicted felon prohibits him from possessing a gun. He has pleaded guilty to the charge and will be sentenced on June 18. Prosecutors are seeking a 90-month sentence in the case.

Island officers discovered Hamblin’s gun after he called his wife from the Kitsap County Jail where he was being held after the illegal marijuana grow was discovered and asked her to hide his firearm. All calls from the jail are recorded.

The phone call not only led to the firearm charge, but to yet another in an unrelated case.

Hamblin’s phone call violated a no-contact order that prohibited him from contacting his wife in relation to a domestic violence case. The call also led to a charge of tampering with a witness.

Hamblin was sentenced in May for three felonies, including two counts of domestic violence and the added count of tampering with a witness. He faces 40 days in jail, followed by 12 months of supervised community custody.

Hamblin was put on island police’s radar in January when his former roommate called 911. Hamblin had threatened to kill his roommate’s family. While investigating the threat, officers discovered a marijuana grow operation in a detached garage behind Hamblin’s north island residence. A total of 53 marijuana plants were discovered in the garage.

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