Jason E. “Gunny” Bush – Not a war hero but a common criminal

"For most of my life since the age of eleven or twelve, I have had an experience of being outside of myself, of watching another person take over my body. I start going haywire, and I don't know what I'm doing or why." The now defunct website of Shawna’s Fordes Minutemen American Defense listed child killer Jason Bush as having served overseas for several tours and having earned numerous medals, including the Bronze Star, Silver Star and the Purple Heart. But it appears that this person who calls himself “Gunny” is nothing more than a common criminal, whose record would preclude him from having served in any branch of the armed services.

“Gunny” refers to the E-7 rank of a Gunnery Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, a rank that takes at least 8 years of service to obtain.

Jason E. Bush, charged Friday with murder in the stabbing death of a Wenatchee transient in 1997 — filed a declaration in Chelan County six months after the killing stating he was bipolar and schizophrenic and “cannot control my own behavior.”

Eleven years ago, Bush claimed that, “For most of my life since the age of eleven or twelve, I have had an experience of being outside of myself, of watching another person take over my body. I start going haywire, and I don’t know what I’m doing or why.”

Bush was not, at the time, a suspect in the slaying of Hector Manuel Lopez Partida, 29, who was stabbed on July 24, 1997, while sleeping near grain elevators in the 700 block of South Wenatchee Avenue.

Wenatchee Police linked him to the killing in late January, when DNA on a shirt found at the scene was resubmitted to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and using new technology, came back to match Bush’s.

Bush’s declaration, filed Jan. 7, 1998, in Chelan County Superior Court, came in a request for a psychological evaluation as defense against charges for possession of stolen property and attempted theft.

But an Eastern State Hospital evaluation determined he was competent to stand trial, and he was eventually convicted and sent to prison for those and other crimes committed in Wenatchee in 1997.

Wenatchee Police, in an affidavit filed with the second-degree murder of Lopez, said Bush has longtime ties to the Aryan Nations.

Public records show he was convicted as a juvenile for burglary, grand theft and writing a check without funds in Bonner County and Kootenai counties in Idaho before he moved to Wenatchee.

Not long before moving to Wenatchee in May of 1997, he lived in Cowley County, Kan., where he was convicted as a young adult of battery against a law enforcement officer, burglary, attempted escape and trafficking in contraband in a penal institution.

In his early 20s, Bush apparently only lived in Wenatchee a short time — from May of 1997 until he was sent to prison in December of 1998.

During that time he committed three felonies — possession of stolen property, unlawful possession of a firearm and taking a motor vehicle without permission — and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. He was also charged with second-degree assault, but later pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, according to Chelan County Superior Court records.

The assault occurred in what was then called the Chelan County Regional Jail, where, according to the affidavit for probable cause, Bush walked into another inmate’s cell and “assaulted him repeatedly to the point (the victim) lost consciousness.” The inmate suffered fractures to his nose and cheekbone. Court papers say the assault was over sexual preferences. Another inmate told police at the time that the fight was unprovoked, and that Bush, who is much bigger than the victim, “bragged about having a black belt in tae kwon do.”

After he got out of prison in 2003, he moved back to Idaho, living in the Sandpoint and Hayden Lake areas through 2007, according to an affidavit filed Friday by Wenatchee Police Sgt. John Kruse.

Kruse’s statement also said that Bush has “long standing ties” to Aryan Nations groups.