Crime

Man sentenced in connection with fatal Lynden drug deal

One of the men involved in a drug deal turned deadly at a Lynden house last November was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison Thursday, May 10.

Gavin Glyzinski, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted possession of a controlled substance in early April and was sentenced Thursday to six years and eight months in prison.

He was with Jeremiah Winchester and Johnny Arellano at the Lynden home on Nov. 22 when Winchester arranged a drug deal and planned to rob the dealers when they arrived. When the dealers showed up, things went wrong quickly. Winchester was shot in the face, while his son, Jesse Winchester, was shot and killed.

Jeremiah Winchester, Arellano and Glyzinksi each had been charged with two counts of attempted drug possession and one count of first-degree attempted robbery, with Winchester getting an additional charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Glyzinski pleaded guilty to the two drug charges on the condition that he would provide law enforcement with information in their investigation and testify in the trial of Arellano and Winchester, which took place in April. A jury found Winchester guilty of all but one drug count; his sentencing is set for May 15. The jury couldn't come to a decision on Arellano, and a mistrial was declared for him.

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