King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 4:50 p.m. October 31
Sentencing in Fatal Collision on SR-509: A Tukwila man was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison for a multiple-vehicle collision on SR-509 in December 2013 that killed a 54-year-old woman. The defendant, Christopher Wittman, 25, was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana and was distracted by using a cell phone when he crashed his car through a fence and over an embankment onto Highway 509, where his car landed on top of the victims’ vehicle. Barbara Eakin died from her injuries. Her husband Clay Eakin was injured in the collision. The driver of a vehicle that collided with the defendant’s disabled car was also injured. Several other cars were involved in the chain reaction collision and those drivers also received various injuries. Wittman pled guilty last month to charges of Vehicular Homicide (DUI), Vehicular Assault (DUI) and Reckless Endangerment. The standard sentence range was nine to just over 12 years. Wittman was sentenced before Judge John Chun at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Feedheim, paralegal Lindsey Thomas, and victim advocate Karen Kunde.
Guilty Verdict in 2012 Burien Homicide: A jury has convicted a 49-year-old Seattle man in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside a home in Burien on August 28, 2012. The jury convicted the defendant, Jaspal Gill, of Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm Enhancement as charged for the murder of Harjit Singh. Gill and a friend drove up and pulled in behind the victim and Gill then got out and shot Singh several times. The jury returned a guilty verdict earlier this week. Gill faces a sentence range of 25 to 31 years in prison, which includes a five-year firearm enhancement. Sentencing is scheduled for December 16 at 3 p.m. before Judge Bill Bowman in courtroom 3H at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Wyman Yip, paralegal Angela Blocki, and victim advocate Karen Kunde.
Local Jurisdictions Join Together, Launch New Approach to Reduce Demand for Prostitution
Research shows more than 27,000 men in King County soliciting sex online
Law enforcement and community leaders from across King County have joined together to announce a major initiative to reduce the demand for prostitution where the majority of sex buying now takes place – online.
“Prostitution is a harmful and violent practice, and has exploded on the Internet -- going from the street corner to the corner office,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “In King County, each day an estimated 27,000 men are actively soliciting sex online at one of over 100 websites. We need to take action and we need a new approach.”
Historically law enforcement has focused on arresting prostituted people. This approach has been unsuccessful at reducing exploitation and doesn’t address the demand that drives sex trafficking. The “Buyer Beware” initiative is a partnership with eight different police departments and city attorney’s offices across King County who are shifting their emphasis to go after sex buyers. The initiative is led by the Organization for Prostitution Survivors and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Learn more . . .
Speakers at yesterday’s news conference included, pictured L-R, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, King County Senior DPA Val Richey, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, and the co-founder of Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and prostitution survivor Noel Gomez. At far right are Peter Qualliotine, OPS co-founder, and Alisa Bernard, prostitution survivor and OPS staff member, who also spoke at yesterday’s news conference on stopping sexual exploitation.
King County Drug Court Celebrates its 20-Year Anniversary
“Drug Court Changes Lives.”
King County Drug Court is celebrating its 20th year of operation as it continues to be a model program, offering addicted offenders the opportunity for drug treatment in lieu of prison. Participants undergo a rigorous program of both in-patient and out-patient treatment, followed by court monitoring of counseling, meetings and drug testing. If the participant successfully completes the program, the criminal charges are dismissed. Many graduates enter the program after decades of serious drug addiction and leave Drug Court with jobs, family reconciliation and with a new outlook on life. Each graduating class also represents approximately $1 million in prison cost savings.
King County Drug Court hosted a 20 Year Anniversary celebration on October 14 at the King County Courthouse. In attendance were drug court graduates, current participants, public officials and other supporters. King County Superior Court Judge Greg Canova, who oversees Drug Court, emceed the event. King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Larry Gossett introduced several short but powerful videos of interviews with drug court graduates.
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg speaking at the Drug Court 20t h Anniversary celebration, with U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, the first judge to oversee Drug Court. Pictured in the background is King County Superior Court Judge Greg Canova who currently oversees Drug Court.
Grammy award winning rapper Macklemore was also a guest at the Drug Court anniversary event. Macklemore, who grew up in Seattle, spoke about his own past experiences with addiction and recovering from it.
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg and U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, who, when he was a Superior Court judge was the first to oversee Drug Court, said a few words about King County Prosecuting Attorney Norm Maleng and how it came to be that he started the drug court in King County in 1994.
Rapper Macklemore speaking at Tuesday’s 20th Anniversary celebration for King County Drug Court. He spoke of his own past struggles with addiction and the reality of recovery.
Learn more . . .
New President of NAACP Visits the PAO
Dan Satterberg recently had the opportunity to meet with Cornell Brooks, the new National President of the NAACP. President Brooks is a Yale Law Graduate and former Department of Justice attorney.
“I was honored to spend some time with President Brooks during his brief stay here in Seattle,” Satterberg said. “We discussed a variety of approaches to public safety and criminal justice, and found that we have many common goals,” he added.
For more information about Cornell Brooks, click here.
Welcoming New DPAs to the PAO
Seven new deputy prosecuting attorneys (DPAs) are beginning their legal careers here at the PAO. The new DPAs were sworn in during a ceremony on September 19 in the presiding courtroom of King County Superior Court. The PAO welcomes DPAs (top row pictured L-R) Jonah Crollard, Chris Fyall, and Daniel Ajema. (Front row pictured L-R) Casey Parks, Kristi Knieps, Stanley Lloyd and Brynn Jacobson. Congratulations new DPAs!
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
NAMI Eastside Annual Fundraising Breakfast.
SeaTac Roundtable Discussion, “Ferguson, Can it Happen Here?”
DV Symposium at Seattle U.
Emerald Heights Retirement Center.
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