A Seaside man was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 8, to three years in prison for assaulting a sheriff’s deputy.

Nathanial Eugene Richcreek, 40, was arrested last June after causing physical injury to Sgt. Dean Schroeder.

The court decided to increase Richcreek’s prison term because of his previous criminal record, which includes similar offenses and assaults.

Edward LeClaire, an attorney representing Richcreek, described him as being “a good guy” with a “good soul” despite his criminal record. Richcreek has had to deal with difficult circumstances and never felt like he was given a “fair shake” or had access to justice, the attorney said.

However, Judge Cindee Matyas sided with the prosecutor, citing Richcreek’s criminal history, failure to engage with probation and committing another crime while on probation.

“We felt great that the judge saw that the defendant needed to go to prison for a significant period,” District Attorney Ron Brown said in an email.

Richcreek has been arrested in Clatsop County more than 25 times, including for charges of assault, burglary, menacing, possession of methamphetamine and harassment.

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