• Former soldier charged in acid attack on Olympia judge


    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A former soldier is accused of throwing battery acid in a Thurston County judge's face.

    Police said Michael Martin attacked the judge at his Olympia home in 2012.

    Michael Edward Martin, 33, is charged with assault and malicious mischief. He pleaded not guilty Monday.

    Investigators said Martin was angry with District Judge Michael "Brett" Buckley for a 2011 order barring Martin from contacting his girlfriend.

    After the attack, Buckley was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and was back at work in two days.

    If convicted of the acid attack, Martin could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

    The former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier just finished a 17-month sentence for threating an Army prosecutor.

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