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Daniel T. Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
King County Courthouse, Room W554
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
(206) 296-9000

 

King County Prosecuting Attorney

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Daily Docket Updated:  11:10 a.m.  September 4

Sentencing in Fatal Boat Collision: A sentencing hearing will be held this afternoon for a 47-year-old Renton man who was found guilty in July in connection with a fatal boat collision on Lake Washington on the evening of July 16, 2014. A jury convicted the defendant Richard Anthony Hicks on one count of Homicide by Watercraft and two counts of Assault by Watercraft. The defendant was under the influence of alcohol when the motorboat he was piloting collided with a sailboat. A passenger on the sailboat, Melissa Protz, 33, died in the collision and two other passengers on the sailboat were injured. The defendant faces a sentence range of just over 4 years to 5 ½ years in prison. Today’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. before Judge Carol Schapira in courtroom W-331 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim and Deputy Prosecutor Brandy Gevers. 

Sentencing Rescheduled in State v. Eric E. Lehtinen: Tomorrow’s sentencing has been continued to November 13 for a Redmond man who pled guilty last month to Attempted Murder in the First Degree for attempting to kill his 4-year-old son in 2013 by injecting him with heroin. The defendant, Eric E. Lehtinen, 39, faces a sentence range of 15 to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 20 years in prison. The November 13 sentencing is set for 1 p.m. before Judge Mary Roberts in courtroom W-905 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz and Deputy Prosecutor Ben Gauen.

Charges Filed in Pioneer Square Shooting: A juvenile was charged in adult court earlier this week for allegedly shooting a man in the leg in Pioneer Square on August 29. The defendant, Juwan M. Williams, 16, is charged with Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. Under state law, a 16 or 17 year-old who is facing a serious violent offense can be charged automatically in adult court. The defendant is also charged with Escape in the Second Degree for allegedly fleeing the Youth Services building on Monday during a first court appearance on the charges. He was arrested a short time later and remains in custody with bail set at $500,000. Arraignment is scheduled for September 14 a 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

Charges Filed in Attack on Tourists in Downtown Seattle: A juvenile was charged in adult court on Wednesday for an attack and robbery on a group of tourists in downtown Seattle on August 24. The defendant, Romeyo Wilturner, 17, is charged with Robbery in the First Degree. Under state law, a 16 or 17 year-old who is facing a serious violent offense can be charged automatically in adult court. The defendant was among a group of individuals that allegedly attacked and robbed three tourists. One victim was allegedly hit over the head with a wine bottle, and another was burned with a cigarette. Wilturner remains in custody with bail set at $500,000. He will be arraigned on September 14 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The investigation into the attack continues.

August 31:

Arraignment in Fatal Shooting in South Seattle: Arraignment was held this morning for Mohamed A. Omar, who is accused in the murder of 20-year-old Zakariya Issa in South Seattle on July 31. The defendant was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Murder in the First Degree. Omar, 20, allegedly ambushed the unarmed man and shot him in the head three times. A case setting hearing is scheduled for September 24 at 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse. Omar remains in jail on $2 million bail. A co-defendant, Antonio Pablo Brown, 19, is charged with Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree for allegedly helping Omar flee the scene. He will be arraigned on September 3 at the King County Courthouse. He remains in jail with bail set at $1 million.

Arraignment in Bellevue Crash and Attempted Carjackings: Arraignment was held this morning for a 32-year-old man who allegedly crashed his car into seven vehicles and attempted to carjack three other vehicles in Bellevue on August 13. The defendant, Darryl Lee Sanders, was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to three counts of Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree and one count of Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $250,000. A case setting hearing is scheduled for September 17 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.

August 22: 

Sentencing for Defendant in 2013 Murder in West Seattle: A Seattle man will be sentenced on August 28 for the December 2013 murder of his ex-girlfriend’s mother in West Seattle. The defendant, Jose Gonzalez-Leos, 21, pled guilty in June to a charge of Murder in the First Degree. He faces a sentence range of 20 to 26 years in prison. Gonzalez-Leos beat and strangled the victim, Nga Nguyen, and then hid her body in the bedroom closet of her West Seattle home. Nguyen’s daughter had broken up with Gonzalez-Leos some time prior to the murder, but the defendant continued to show up uninvited at Nguyen’s home which she shared with her daughter. Gonzalez-Leos entered the apartment through a second-story window and confronted the victim. DNA testing helped solve the murder. Today’s sentencing is set for 1 p.m. before Judge Mary Roberts in courtroom W-905 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kline.                                                                                                          

New Approach Regarding Youth who Commit Violence in the Home

Stephanie Trollen and Jimmy Hung
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.

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/02/13/the-exoneration-of-brandon-olebar

 

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 poses with some of the women at Purdy 

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.

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