King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 4:45 p.m. April 14
Bail hearing for suspect in Renton DV homicide: A judge has set bail at $750,000 for a 20-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday for the alleged murder of his girlfriend in Renton. The suspect appeared in court this afternoon for a bail hearing. A second appearance is scheduled for April 16, which is also the deadline for a charging decision.
Guilty Verdict in 2010 Slaying of Seth Frankel: William L. “J.R.” Phillip Jr. has been convicted of Murder in the First Degree for the brutal attack and killing of Seth Frankel in 2010. Frankel was a well-known video producer for the City of Kent. Phillip became jealous of Frankel after a woman broke off her relationship with Phillip to start seeing Frankel again. In May of 2010, Phillip stabbed Frankel to death in Frankel’s Auburn apartment. Auburn Police Detectives tracked Phillip by using his cell phone records and collected his DNA at the scene. Phillip also attempted to use plastic zip ties to confine Frankel, the same ties that Phillip had access to at his job in Portland. Phillip, 33, faces a sentence of 20 to 26 ½ years in prison under state sentencing guidelines. The sentencing will be held on June 27 at 9 a.m. before Judge Andrea Darvas in courtroom 4J at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was prosecuted by Senior DPAs Wyman Yip and Patrick Hinds.
Metro Bus Robber Pleads Guilty: A 19-year-old Seattle man pled guilty as charged to robbery and attempted robbery charges for robbing passengers at gunpoint aboard a Metro bus on November 25 in West Seattle. The defendant Trevonnte Brown pled guilty to two counts of Robbery First Degree and one count of Attempted Robbery First Degree. He also entered a guilty plea to a separate charge of Robbery Second Degree for robbing a passenger of his smart phone during an earlier incident aboard a Metro bus on November 16. The defendant faces a sentence range of 11 ½ to 13 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors will be recommending a top of the range sentence of 13 ½ years. Sentencing is scheduled for May 30 at 2 p.m. before Judge Catherine Shaffer in courtroom W-829 at the King County Courthouse. The case was prosecuted by Senior DPA Alex Voorhees.
New Law Restricts Firearms Possession by Individuals with
Domestic Violence Protection Orders
Last Friday Gov. Inslee signed into law HB1840, which prevents those who have been served a domestic violence (DV) protection order from possessing or purchasing a firearm. It also creates criminal penalties, requires certification that firearms have been surrendered, and directs police to establish processes for receiving, storing, and returning firearms.
Washington domestic violence survivors and advocates led by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Legal Voice have worked for over a decade to build support for the bill as an important safety measure. The King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) has long supported their efforts, and recognizes the critical importance of this bill. The statistics are compelling:
- Women are six times more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by a stranger;
- Two out of three domestic violence murders are committed with a firearm
- Nearly 90% of murder-suicides are perpetrated by an abuser with a firearm.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said the new law will help keep domestic violence victims safe.
“We know too much to ignore the increased lethality factor that easy access to firearms presents in a domestic violence situation,” Satterberg said. “They are by far the number one weapon in domestic violence homicides and in murder-suicides, and anything we can do to remove them from the equation during the heightened tension surrounding the issuance of a protection order will make everybody safer,” he added.
In a time of common political deadlocks in Olympia, it is important to note this bill passed the legislature unanimously.
Protection Order Program: 25 years of Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
The PAO’s Protection Order Advocacy Program (POAP) is marking its 25th year of assisting victims of domestic violence obtain temporary and permanent protection orders. The program’s dedicated advocates work with individuals, primarily women and children, who have experienced physical harm, bodily injury, sexual assault, have received threats of imminent bodily harm, or have been the victims of stalking. Without advocates to provide these important services, many of our community's most vulnerable victims would go unserved and be subjected to additional acts of violence.
The Protection Order Program was started in 1989. King County is one of the few jurisdictions nationally that provides advocacy services for protection orders. The program serves approximately 5,000 victims and their children annually. Well over 100,000 victims have been served since the program began. The Protection Order Program’s director, Sandra Shanahan, oversees the program’s efforts at assisting DV victims.
From L-R: Protection Order Program Director Sandra Shanahan and victim advocates Amy Bullard, Neda Chini, and Meredith Marsh.
The victim advocates are dedicated, hard-working, and committed to bettering the legal system on behalf of the victims of domestic violence.
We are proud of them for the work they do every day. To learn more about our POAP, please check out the PAO's protection order website, designed to provide important information about protection orders and how to obtain one.
Link to PAOP Website
From L-R: RJC protection order victim advocates Lorinda Tsai, Rosanna Sim, Angela Rogness, and Charu Wahi.
Update on 2013 Domestic Violence Statistics for King County
In 2013, there were over 1,000 felony domestic violence cases filed. The cases involved threats to kill, felony assault where a victim receives medical treatment or when it involves strangulation, robbery, rape, and felony violations of a court order (assault during an order, or prior convictions for order violation).
According to King County Superior Court, one of the most common domestic violence charges brought is assault by strangulation, which was elevated to a felony from a gross misdemeanor when the new strangulation law was passed in 2007. The law made Washington state one of the first states in the nation to have it. Today, it is considered one of the strongest criminal justice responses to DV assault by strangulation. Since enacted in July of 2007, there have been over 1,000 strangulation cases formally charged by the PAO.
Violent DV Offender Convicted in Brutal Assault, Kidnap: State v. Lester P. Thompson, Jr.: A jury has convicted a Seattle man of viciously assaulting his girlfriend over a nine-hour period last November in Seattle. The jury convicted Lester Thompson, 31, of several charges, including Assault in the Second Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Intimidating a Witness, and Tampering with a Witness. Thompson assaulted the victim over several hours while they drove in her car. He strangled her repeatedly, slammed her head into the car’s console, and when the victim tried to run from the car, he grabbed her by the arm and accelerated while dragging her along the pavement. When he lost his grip, the rear tire ran over the victim, crushing her shoulder blade. He also forced her into the trunk of the car for seven hours, and made threats if she called police. Before trial started, Thompson also sent the victim a threatening letter telling her not to testify. Thompson faces a sentence of 16 years in prison. He will be sentenced on April 4 at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Laura Inveen. The case was handled by Senior DPA Jennifer Petersen, paralegal Jay Ashworth and SPD victim advocate Cyndie Griffith.
Man Sentenced for Abduction and Rape of Woman in Greenwood: State v. Jose Jimenez-Lopez: Jose Jimenez-Lopez has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years up to an indeterminate maximum of life in prison for the abduction and rape of a woman in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood in June 2011 and for the robbery of another young woman in 2011 also in the Greenwood area. Jimenez-Lopez, 27, pled guilty last month to Rape in the First Degree, Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. A jury previously convicted him of a separate robbery at gunpoint in the Greenwood area. The cases were handled by Senior DPAs Val Richey and Will Doyle and paralegals Terri Chase and Lori Bridgewater.
Jury Convicts Auburn Man of Raping 7-year-old at Goodwill Store: State v. Michael Lee Phillips: A jury convicted Michael Lee Phillips of Rape of a Child in the First Degree as charged for dragging a 7-year-old girl from the sales floor of an Auburn Goodwill store and raping her in the store’s bathroom. The jury also found the special predatory enhancement which will result in the defendant facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years up to life in prison when he is sentenced later this month. Phillips, 47, is also facing a sentence of 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography. The case was handled by Senior DPA Risa Woo, DPA Stephanie Knightlinger and paralegal Holly Gilmore.
Jury Convicts Couple of Embezzling $500,000 from Elderly Mom with Dementia: State v. Ivan and Deborah Ljunghammar: A sentencing hearing will be held later this month for Ivan Ljunghammar, 62, and his wife Deborah Ljunghammar, 60, who were convicted by a jury of Theft in the First Degree for stealing over $500,000 from the man’s 82-year-old dementia-stricken mother. Prosecutors will recommend that the pair be sentenced to a one-year exceptional sentence and be ordered to pay restitution. The standard range under sentencing guidelines for Theft in the First Degree is up to 90 days. The case was handled by Senior DPA Scott Peterson and paralegal Monicka Ly-Smith.
The PAO’s Partners in the Community
The PAO is working with King County TV to produce an ongoing program called “Prosecutor’s Partners,” which features people and organizations that are making a difference in King County by making our community a safer, healthier and happier place to live. In this segment, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg interviews David Mace of Open Doors Legal Services at the Union Gospel Mission. David discusses the solutions and the hope they provide for homeless people who are facing legal problems.
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Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
- St. Margaret Men’s Group in Factoria.
- Renton Kiwanis Club.