King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 1:55 p.m. October 16
Arraignment for Defendant in Fatal Shooting at 2nd and Yesler: A 19-year-old man was arraigned this morning and entered a not guilty plea to a charge of Murder in the First Degree in connection with a fatal shooting on September 24 at 2nd and Yesler in Seattle. The defendant, Kenneth Bernard Jones Jr., allegedly shot the victim, Melvin Dees, and then fled the scene. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for November 20 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Sentencing for Defendants in 2013 Kirkland Home Invasion Attack: Two men were sentenced this afternoon to just over 25 years in prison for a home invasion attack at a Kirkland residence in October 2013. The defendants, Vincent Sisounong, 22, and Blessing Gainey, 20, each pled guilty last month as charged to Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree, with deadly weapon enhancements, for randomly breaking into a Kirkland residence and attacking an 18-year-old man who was staying at his family’s home. The defendants were armed with knives when they threatened to kill the victim and then stabbed him in the legs, shoulder and head. Sisounong told detectives that he and Gainey broke into the home of complete strangers with the intent to kill. Sisounong said he wanted the victim to “fight for his life.” They each faced a sentence range of 20 to 25 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors recommended a top of the range sentence for both. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Jean Rietschel at the King County Courthouse. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alex Voorhees and Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Manca handled the case and were assisted by paralegal Jill Carter. Detectives Adam Haas and Derek Hill of the Kirkland Police Department investigated the case.
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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