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Third strike for Woodinville man sends him to prison for life

life sentence by Jeff Switzer, staff reporter
Martin Schandel, 48, of Woodinville, was convicted last week of second-degree rape, and in a separate proceeding, a King County Superior Court jury determined that Schandel should remain behind bars for life without parole as a persistent offender.
   Schandel has four sexual assault convictions on his record. His first conviction in 1967 didn't factor into his three strikes: he pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge after raping a 14-year-old girl at knifepoint near Tillicum Jr. High School. He was sentenced to 20 years on May 5, 1967, but was paroled on Jan. 1, 1969.

Strike One: 1971
   Schandel violated his parole when he dragged a 14-year-old girl into the woods and raped her in July 1971. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Nov. 19, 1971 to 20 years, but was paroled on Oct. 24, 1977. He violated his parole in February 1978, went back to prison, and was released in August 1979.

Strike Two: 1979
   Schandel forced a woman off of the road with his car and attacked the car with a knife when she refused to roll down the window, stabbing the headlights and the windows. He broke the wing window and threatened to kill the woman. A jury found him guilty Dec. 5, 1979 of Assault 2 while armed with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 10 years on April 11, 1980. He was paroled on April 26, 1985. Schandel was then found guilty of second-degree rape for the rape of a Kirkland woman on July 26, 1985. A jury found him guilty Dec. 6, 1985 and he was sentenced Jan. 27, 1986 to 50 months. He was released on June 27, 1994.

Strike Three: 1996
   Schandel's third strike came June 9, 1995, when he raped his sister in-law at his Woodinville home, which he shared with his wife. The formal sentencing will occur within four weeks.