King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 2:05 p.m. November 26
Arraignment for Burien Man Accused in Death of Infant: Arraignment was held this morning for a 27-year-old man who is accused in the fatal beating of his 8-month-old daughter on November 10 in Burien. The defendant, Ahmed Ibrahim, entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree. He remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for December 10 at 1 p.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Charges Filed in Auburn Vehicular Homicide: A 38-year-old man has been charged with four counts of Vehicular Homicide (Driving in a Reckless Manner) and one count of Vehicular Assault for a collision that killed four passengers in the car he was driving in Auburn on October 25 around 2 a.m. A fifth passenger was seriously injured in the collision and remains in a coma. The defendant, Nicholas Windsor Anderson, was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed on Auburn Way South when the car he was driving went off the roadway and into a ditch before slamming into a tree and three utility boxes. The defendant’s dog was also in the car and had to be euthanized due to injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the collision, and investigators are awaiting toxicology results on the defendant. The defendant was sent to the hospital for injuries sustained in the collision. He was recently released from the hospital and arrested on November 20 in Port Angeles. He was booked Friday morning at the Maleng Regional Justice Center and will be arraigned there on December 1 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA. The defendant’s bail is set at $750,000. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.
Sentencing for Defendant in Federal Way Murder: A 32-year-old man was sentenced on Friday to 31 ½ years in prison for the fatal shooting of his former work supervisor outside the victim’s home in Federal Way. The defendant, Kareem Harris, was convicted by a jury last month of Murder in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement as charged. He shot Wilbur Gant on October 28, 2009 and the victim died about a year after the shooting. Several months before the shooting, Harris was terminated from his employer, Milgard Windows, for falsifying his time card. He was also eventually denied unemployment benefits and held a grudge against Gant, whom he believed had reported Harris’s fraud. Harris faced a sentence range of 25 to 31 ½ years in prison, and prosecutors recommended a 31 ½ year sentence. He was sentenced before Judge James Cayce at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Karissa Taylor and Julie Kline with assistance from paralegal Lindsey Thomas and victim advocate Karen Kunde. The case was investigated by Detective Jeffrey Otto of the Federal Way Police Department.
Defendant Arraigned in U.W. Threat: A 32-year-old man was arraigned this morning on charges of Felony Harassment and misdemeanor harassment for allegedly making an online threat against University of Washington students. The defendant, Derek Wayne Grube, entered a not guilty plea to the charges. He is accused of posting an online rant about students who were being loud in the school’s library and allegedly threatened to “start shooting” them. Grube remains in jail with bail set at $75,000. A case setting hearing is scheduled for December 4 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Charge Filed in Sexual Assault at Adult Family Home: The operator of an adult family home was charged on Tuesday with Rape in the Second Degree for the alleged sexual assault of an 83-year-old woman who suffers from dementia. The charges include a vulnerable victim aggravator which can be used as a basis for an exceptional sentence above the standard range. The defendant, Laszlo Molnar, 67, remains in jail with bail set at $750,000. The sexual assault occurred last week at an adult family home in Auburn. The victim’s family suspected something was wrong and placed a hidden camera in the victim’s room. Molnar is scheduled for arraignment on December 1 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
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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