A Blaine teen who had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl in which he provided her with heroin was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday, July 11.
Kyler R. Mackowiak pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and delivery of a controlled substance.
Mackowiak, who is now 21, was 19 when he first gave the girl heroin; she was 14 at the time. The two had a sexual relationship and he would inject her with heroin and cook heroin for her to smoke, sometimes twice a day, according to documents filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
The girl's father spoke to the court Thursday about the damage Mackowiak did when he gave his daughter drugs.
"It was just like giving a gun to a 14-year-old girl to play Russian roulette with," her father said. "It was that deadly."
Mackowiak already had a criminal record. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to solicitation to unlawful possession of a controlled substance, the prescription painkiller oxycodone. As a juvenile, he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and third-degree theft.
The sentence of three years and four months was longer than the standard range for the crimes to which Mackowiak pleaded.
"These are exceptional circumstances and they deserve an exceptional sentence," Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig said.
"There is no excuse for what this man has done," he added. "It is inexcusable, it is evil, it is wrong."