King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 2:00 p.m. February 11
Arraignment in Fatal Shooting at Homeless Encampment: Arraignment was held this morning for two of the three teenage brothers charged in connection with the fatal shooting at a homeless encampment near I-5 in the Beacon Hill area. The three suspects, ages 13, 16, and 17, are each charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree and three counts of Assault in the First Degree, with firearm sentencing enhancements, for the January 26 shooting that left a man and a woman dead and injured three other individuals. The defendants allegedly went to the homeless encampment, which is also referred to as “the Jungle,” intending to steal drugs and money.
The two older juveniles were arraigned and pled not guilty. A case setting hearing is scheduled for February 29 at 1 p.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. They are charged as adults under Washington State's automatic adult jurisdiction law which allows for prosecution in adult court for 16 and 17-year-olds who are accused of serious, violent offenses. The 13-year-old was arraigned in Juvenile Court on February 5 and pled not guilty.
If convicted as charged, the 16 and 17-year-old defendants face a sentence range of 90 to 113 years in prison. The sentence ranges include 25 years of firearm enhancements. Because of a change in state law in 2014, juveniles charged as adults are eligible to have their sentences reviewed by the Indeterminate Sentence Review Board after serving 20 years in prison. The 13-year-old could face incarceration up to his 21st birthday if convicted as charged in Juvenile Court.
Detention Hearing for Three Juveniles Arrested for Fatal Shooting at a Homeless Encampment: A detention hearing was held yesterday afternoon for three teenage brothers who were arrested in last week’s fatal shooting at a homeless encampment near I-5 in the Beacon Hill area. A judge ordered that the three suspects, ages 13, 16, and 17, remain in detention. They are suspected in the January 26 shooting that killed a man and a woman and injured three other individuals.
Arraignment in Belltown Fatal Shooting: A 55-year-old Seattle man was arraigned this morning on charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree for the alleged murder of a man in Belltown on December 13. The defendant, Richard C. Whitaker, entered a not guilty plea at today’s arraignment. Whitaker is accused in the fatal shooting of Brent McDonald. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for February 10 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Charge Filed in Renton Movie Theater Shooting: A charge of Assault in the Third Degree was filed yesterday against a 29-year-old Newcastle man who is accused of injuring a woman when his handgun discharged inside a Renton movie theater last week. The defendant, Dane Gallion, is accused of criminal negligence in the January 21 incident. Arraignment is scheduled for February 4 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
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.