King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 12:50 p.m. November 19
Charges Filed in Auburn Homicide: An Auburn man was charged on Monday in connection with the November 10 alleged fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman whose body was left on the side of a road in Kent. The defendant, Francisco Escobedo, 30, is charged with Murder in the Second Degree. He remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. Arraignment is scheduled for November 30 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Charges Filed in Bellevue Hit and Run: A 38-year-old Seattle man was charged on Tuesday with Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit and Run for a November 11 collision in Bellevue that killed his girlfriend, who was a passenger in his car. The defendant, Robert T. Jackson, was allegedly speeding and under the influence when his car crashed into a utility box, killing the 35-year-old woman. He remains in jail on $2 million bail. Arraignment is scheduled for November 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse.
Sentencing for Man who Injected 4-year-old Son with Heroin: A Redmond man was sentenced this afternoon to 20 years in prison for attempting to kill his 4-year-old son in 2013 by injecting him with heroin. The defendant, Eric E. Lehtinen, 39, faced a sentence range of 15 to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 20 years in prison. Lehtinen pled guilty in August to a charge of Attempted Murder in the First Degree. He was sentenced before Judge Mary Roberts at the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz and Deputy Prosecutor Ben Gauen.
Sentencing in 2014 Greenwood Homicide: A 19-year-old Seattle man was sentenced this morning to 28 ½ years in prison for the fatal shooting of David Peterson in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood on February 23, 2014. The defendant, Byron White, pled guilty last month to a charge of Murder in the First Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement. The defendant had tried to steal the victim's cellphone. After a brief struggle, Peterson was able to keep control of the cellphone and the defendant walked away. When Peterson called 911, the defendant walked back and confronted him. He then shot Peterson in the chest, took the victim’s cellphone and left. The sentence range was 22 to 28 ½ years in prison, with an agreed sentence recommendation of 28 ½ years. The case against the defendant, who was 17 at the time, was handled in adult court under a state law that provides for adult prosecution for 16 and 17-year-old juveniles accused of serious violent offenses. Today’s sentencing was before Judge James Cayce at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Melinda Young and Page Ulrey.
Defendant Pleads Guilty to Murder of Ex-wife in Kent in 2014: A 42-year-old Burien man pled guilty on Tuesday as charged to Murder in the Second Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement for the 2014 murder of his ex-wife in Kent. The defendant, Telesforo Hernandez-Roa, was charged in the July 20, 2014 fatal stabbing of his ex-wife Ruth Castillo-Yanez. The defendant faces a sentence range of 144 to 244 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for December 18 at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Laura Middaugh in courtroom 3J of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Risa Woo and Deputy Prosecutor LaKeysha Washington.
Arraignment for Defendant in Fatal Drive-by Shooting in Auburn: Arraignment was held this morning for a 19-year-old man charged in connection with an alleged drive-by shooting that killed two men at a bus stop in Auburn on October 20. The defendant, Froilan Hermenegildo, was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree, and one count each of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. He is accused in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Angel Mireles and 40-year-old Mark Rivera, who was Mireles’ stepfather. The defendant is also charged with Assault in the First Degree for allegedly firing at Rivera’s 13-year-old son, who was not injured. A 16-year-old girl, who was arrested with Hermenegildo, was charged in Juvenile Court with Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree and Taking a Motor Vehicle without Permission. Hermenegildo remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for November 18 at 1 p.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.