King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 2:30 p.m. April 17
Sentencing for Auburn Woman Convicted in Abuse Case: Sentencing will be held on April 20 for a 50-year-old Auburn woman who was found guilty by a jury of abusing a family that was staying at her home. The jury found the defendant Maria Esquivel guilty of Assault First Degree - DV (Domestic Violence), Rape Second Degree - DV, and three counts of Assault Second Degree - DV. The charges included multiple aggravators on each count, including History of Domestic Violence, Deliberate Cruelty, and Abuse of Trust. Esquivel was a long-time family friend to the victims and took the victim family into her home when they were most vulnerable. Over the course of three years she systematically controlled every aspect of their lives. The defendant took guardianship of all the children in the family to receive significant State benefits, and severely neglected them by withholding food and basic hygiene. Eventually, the defendant began physically abusing all of them, including an autistic child, and their disabled father. She focused most of the abuse upon the father and the eldest daughter. They suffered almost daily abuse by the defendant who would assault them with rolling pins and metal kitchen utensils. Esquivel’s abuse of the family included electrical cables, sexual assault with an instrument, and mutilated genitals. One victim almost lost both legs and was rendered blind in one eye. Prosecutors are recommending an exceptional sentence of 38 ½ years. The sentence range also carries an indeterminate maximum of up to life in prison. Monday’s sentencing is at 9 a.m. before Judge James Cayce in courtroom 3F of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Hearing Rescheduled in State v. Aaron Ybarra: This afternoon’s case setting hearing was continued to May 13 for Aaron Ybarra, 27, who is charged in connection with a shooting on June 5, 2014 at Seattle Pacific University that killed one student and injured two others. Ybarra is charged with Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. All of the charges include firearm allegations. The May 13 case setting hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse. Ybarra is being held without bail at the King County Jail.
Charges Filed in Fatal Stabbing of Bellevue Woman: Charges of Murder in the First Degree and Arson in the First Degree were filed yesterday afternoon against a man who is accused in the fatal stabbing of a 37-year-old woman in Bellevue on March 31. The defendant, Song Wang, 30, allegedly stabbed the victim, Kittaporn Saosawatsri, multiple times and then set fire to her apartment. The defendant fled the jurisdiction but was arrested yesterday in Northern California where he remains in custody pending extradition back to Washington State. Bail on the murder case is set at $5 million.
Sentencing in Theft/Mortgage Fraud Case: Defendant Jessica M. Carde was sentenced yesterday to 28 months in prison on theft and mortgage fraud charges for lying her way into mini-mansions in King County and refusing to make lease or rental payments, costing their owners hundreds of thousands of dollars. A jury convicted Carde, 60, last month on three counts each of Theft in the First Degree and Mortgage Fraud, and one count of Attempted Theft in the First Degree. The defendant also defrauded several lenders after putting herself forward as a wealthy victim of identity theft. One of the private lenders was an elderly man from whom Carde stole over $140,000. She faced a sentence range of 22 to 29 months in prison. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Atchison, Deputy Prosecutor Hugo Torres, and paralegal Shelley Fraley. The case was investigated by Linda Williamson, the PAO’s Mortgage Fraud Investigator, and Steven Sherman of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.
New Approach Regarding Youth who Commit Violence in the Home
Pictured at right are Stephanie Trollen,
Juvenile Section Supervisor, and
Jimmy Hung, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney,
who are organizing the FIRS program.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO), in partnership with King County Superior Court and the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, plans to launch FIRS (Family Intervention and Restorative Services), a new juvenile diversion program geared to provide services to families who are struggling with domestic violence (DV). Unlike adult court, juvenile DV rarely involves intimate partner violence. Instead, the vast majority of cases in juvenile court involve youth acting out against their parents or siblings at a misdemeanor level. Many of these youth struggle with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Juvenile DV cases are referred to the PAO typically after families, in a moment of crisis, call police. Although families look to the juvenile justice system for help, almost none of them want their children to end up with a criminal record. Approximately 40 percent of juvenile DV referrals result in declines because families routinely decline to assist or participate in the formal court system for this reason.
Under the current juvenile justice model, families in crisis receive services only after their child has been arrested or formally charged. The PAO plans to implement FIRS, a new program that will offer families services at the time of crisis and keep youth out of the juvenile justice system.
FIRS is modeled after Pima County, Arizona’s Domestic Violence Alternative Center, where that jurisdiction has seen its juvenile DV bookings plummet from over 1,000 youth annually to just 82 in 2012.
Learn more . . .
PAO's Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit Featured on King County TV
In response to the rapidly increasing elderly population in King County, and to increases in crimes against vulnerable adults, the PAO has a unit trained to address the special circumstances inherent in these cases. The Elder Abuse team, which is staffed by Senior DPAs Page Ulrey and Amanda Froh, and paralegal Tara Longen, addresses the abuse of vulnerable adults, a population that includes disabled adults as well as the elderly.
The goals are three-fold: to prosecute cases of neglect, financial exploitation and sexual assault of the elderly and disabled; to work collaboratively with police, social service agencies, and medical professionals to improve the referral, investigation, and, ultimately, prosecution of cases of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults; and, to provide training to first responders so they can better recognize and react to such cases.
King County TV recently highlighted the work of the Elder Abuse Unit.
New Legislation to Help Inmates Reentering Society
Dan Satterberg is working with Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-43rd) and Columbia Legal Services on ESHB 1553, the “CROP” bill. CROP stands for “Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity,” and creates a process whereby someone who has been convicted of a crime and who has complied with all parts of the sentence can petition the court for a certificate that proves they have paid their debt to society. Once a person has obtained a CROP, they can apply for one of over 90 professional occupational licenses that they would otherwise be barred from seeking due to their conviction. Learn more . . .
The Marshall Project Features Case of Local Man Exonerated in Robbery
The Marshall Project, a journalism website devoted to examining criminal justice issues, recently asked Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson to write about an exoneration of a King County man convicted in a 2004 home invasion robbery. Larson, who reviews all innocence claims for the PAO, provided the following thoughtful account of the case of Brandon Olebar, and that the duty of a prosecutor is not just to win cases, but to seek justice.
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at the following:
- Choices Presentation at Sylvester Middle School
- Stolen Youth Town Hall
- Emerald City Rotary
- Kennedy High School
- Seattle U Law School, Future Prosecutors for Social Justice
- APIChaya Candlelight Vigil for Victims of 1995 Courthouse Shooting
- 5th Annual Public Defense Conference
- TedX Conference at the Women’s Correctional Center in Purdy
If you would like to invite Dan or someone from the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to speak to your organization, please email the office at this link Prosecuting Attorney.
Dan Satterberg was invited to speak at the TedX conference held in March at the Women’s Correctional Center in Purdy. A number of the incarcerated women gave powerful speeches about insights in their lives. The speeches will be available on the internet soon, and linked in the next edition of the Prosecutor’s Post.