Woman who gave drugs to minor to receive mental health alternative sentence

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles woman who previously told police she identifies as a teenage boy will be sentenced May 22 after she pleaded guilty to one count each of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.

Amanda H. Dorrough, 36, is eligible for a mental health sentencing alternative and a pre-sentence investigation from the state Department of Corrections is needed, defense attorney Alex Stalker told Clallam County Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson at the April 17 hearing.

The distribution conviction stems from a May 2023 incident that began when eight Port Angeles High School students allegedly were going to accompany Dorrough to Seattle. All eight students used to hang out with her in a gully near the corner of South Race Street and East Park Avenue, according to court documents.

Officers later located Dorrough in the gully sitting next to a student who had been listed as a runaway, the documents stated. Five other students were located nearby, one of whom was listed as a runaway and one of whom had a juvenile warrant.

The assault convictions stem from a November 2023 incident during which Dorrough allegedly assaulted a Port Angeles woman she blamed for having had her four children taken away and then assaulting the responding police officer.

An October 2023 forensic psychological examination conducted by University of Washington Clinical Assistant Professor Michael Stanfill stated Dorrough was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder and substance use disorder, including but not limited to alcohol, cannabis and stimulants. The latter was described as “severe, in early full remission.”

The report also recommended Dorrough meet with a psychiatrist “to manage her ongoing psychotropic needs” and attend inpatient substance use treatment.

“Once she successfully completed this treatment, she would need to transition to a clean and sober living facility, continue on with outpatient treatment and receive regular random urinalysis screens to ensure ongoing sobriety,” the recommendation stated.


Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached by email at brian.gawley@peninsulanews.us.