King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 2:00 p.m. May 23
Guilty Verdict in 2011 Bus Shelter Shooting: A jury has found a Renton man guilty as charged of Murder First Degree and Assault First Degree for a September 2011 shooting during a robbery attempt at a Seattle bus shelter that left one man dead and three other people wounded. On Monday, the jury convicted Say Keodara of Murder First Degree and three counts of Assault First Degree. All four charges include firearm sentencing enhancements. He was also convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. The defendant tried to rob three homeless men at the bus shelter and became angry when they didn't have any valuables or cash. A woman who had been waiting for a bus was also wounded in the shooting. Keodara, 19, will face a sentence range of 78 to 98 years in prison, which includes the firearm enhancements. Sentencing is scheduled for June 14 at 10 a.m. before Judge Laura Middaugh at the King County Courthouse.
Sentencing Continued in Federal Way DV Homicide: Tomorrow’s sentencing has been continued to June 7 for Charles Parsons, who pleaded guilty last month to Murder in the First Degree for the shooting death of his ex-wife in Federal Way in March 2010. Parsons shot his ex-wife Carol Parsons, 38, during a counseling session at a Federal Way church. Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. before Judge LeRoy McCullough at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center. Parsons, 44, faces a sentence range of 22 to 28 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend 28 ½ years.
May Day Defendants Arraigned: Arraignment was held today for two of the five defendants facing felony charges in connection with the recent May Day demonstration in Seattle that turned violent with protesters pelting police officers with rocks, bottles and other projectiles. Marcel L. Davis, 21, and Joshua Patterson, 18, were arraigned this morning and pleaded not guilty. Davis is charged with Assault Second Degree and Patterson is charged with Assault Third Degree. Two other defendants, Joshua C. Wollstein, 28, and Raymond T. Miller, 28, are scheduled for arraignment on May 20. Wollstein is charged with Riot. Miller is charged with Assault Third Degree for an alleged assault on an officer. Arraignment was held on May 13 for Gerardo A. Hernandez, 18, who pleaded not guilty to a charge of Assault Third Degree. Patterson is set for trial on June 25. Case setting hearings are scheduled for later in the month for Hernandez and Davis.
Charge Filed in Covington Homicide: A charge of Murder in the Second Degree was filed this afternoon against Robert Thomas Green, who is accused in the alleged beating death of a 16-year-old boy in Covington early last Saturday morning. Green, 26, remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. If convicted as charged, the sentence range is 10 to 18 years in prison. Arraignment is scheduled for May 29 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Sentencing Set in State v. Brenda Nicholas: Sentencing has been scheduled for July 17 for Brenda Nicholas, who was convicted by a jury last month for the robbery and stabbing death of Francis Patrick Fleming, 70, in December 2011 in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood. The July 17 sentencing is at 1 p.m. before Judge Theresa Doyle at the King County Courthouse. Nicholas, 47, was convicted of Murder First Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement as charged. The sentence range is 274 to 357 months in prison. Co-defendant Charles Jungbluth was sentenced earlier this month to 263 months in prison for his part in the murder. He pleaded guilty to Murder First Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement.
Dan Satterberg Joins in Call for Tougher DUI Laws
Last year, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA) fought hard for increased prison terms for the crimes of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Although not every increase requested by the prosecutors was enacted, the Legislature did respond, passing HB 2216, and now drunk drivers who kill on our roadways face almost twice the prison sentence they did before. Recent tragedies in Wedgewood and along Highway 520 have caught the attention of Legislators wanting to improve our laws to stop repeat impaired drivers on our roadways. Prosecutors started the session with early support for HB 1482, a comprehensive bill that eliminated lesser sentencing options for DUI defendants, and provided sentencing enhancements for wrong-way drunk drivers. Unfortunately, the bill was not voted on prior to the legislative cutoff.
Learn more about tougher DUI laws. . .
Prosecutors Succeed in Pushing Important Legislation in Olympia:
Dan Satterberg and WAPA pushed for several important pieces of legislation in Olympia this session. Those efforts are starting to pay off with several successful votes:
HB 1114: Filling a Gap for Violent Offenders
HB 1383: Protection Order for Stalking Victim:
SB 5149: Sentencing Enhancement for Pharmacy Robberies
HB 1108: Eliminating the Marital Exception to Rape & Indecent Liberties
Learn more about the Important Legislation in Olympia . . .
April 21-27 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Next week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This annual event is designed to increase public awareness of victim rights and available victim services. The theme for the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “New Challenges, New Solutions.” The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime chose the theme as part of an effort at transforming victim services in the 21st century.
Learn more about National Crime Victim's Rights Week . . .
Victims of 1995 Courthouse Shooting Remembered
Last month marked the 18th anniversary of a shooting at the King County Courthouse that claimed the lives of three women and an unborn baby. It was a crime that shocked our community and led to changes regarding courthouse security. The shooting occurred during a divorce proceeding. Timothy Blackwell was convicted of Aggravated Murder for shooting his estranged wife Susanna Blackwell, and two of her friends, Phoebe Dizon and Veronica Laureta, as they waited in a hallway outside a courtroom. Susanna, who was pregnant, was also shot in the abdomen, which killed her unborn baby. Every year, a candlelight vigil is held in the park next to the King County Courthouse to remember the shooting victims and other women and children who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
This annual event is sponsored by the API Safety Center and Chaya. The staff of the King County Prosecutor’s Office and others in the criminal justice system join in this vigil each year when we pause to remember Susanna, Phoebe, and Veronica and the other victims of domestic violence in our community.
Staff from the PAO’s Domestic Violence Unit with Prosecutor Satterberg
at last month’s API/Chaya candlelight vigil for DV victims
Meet the PAO’s Mortgage Fraud Team
In 2009, the PAO forged a partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) in an effort to crack down on mortgage fraud. With funding from DFI, the PAO is able to staff its Mortgage Fraud Unit with two DPAs and a mortgage fraud investigator. Our new mortgage fraud team includes DPA Hugo Torres, DPA Jennifer Atchison, and mortgage fraud investigator Linda Williamson. Learn more about the PAO's Mortgage Fraud Team . . .
L-R: DPA Hugo Torres,Investigator Linda Williamson and
DPA Jennifer Atchison of the PAO’s Mortgage Fraud Team
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
Korean American Bar Association Banquet.
API/Chaya Candelight Vigil for DV Victims.
Mercer Island Women’s Club Meeting.
Plymouth Congregational Church Forum
Kennedy Catholic High School
If you would like to invite Dan or someone from the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to speak to your group, please email the office at this link Prosecuting Attorney