King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 4:00 p.m. December 6
Sentencing in Kent DV Murder: Shawn D. Gulseth was sentenced this afternoon to 35 years in prison for the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend Bonnie Peterson on December 20, 2010 in Kent. Gulseth fled to California after the murder and was arrested three weeks later. The defendant pleaded guilty last month to Murder in the Second Degree with a Deadly Weapon enhancement along with a domestic violence aggravator. Gulseth faced a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison. Prosecutors recommended a 35-year sentence. The case was handled by Senior DPA Jessica Berliner.
Guilty plea in Auburn stabbing death: A man charged in the 2012 stabbing death of his cousin pleaded guilty yesterday to Murder in the Second Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement. The defendant Bradley Courville told police that the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, called him a name and he reacted by stabbing him multiple times. Courville also pleaded guilty to Assault in the Third Degree for assaulting an Auburn police officer. The defendant faces a sentence range of about 15 to 23 years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend 19 years in prison when Courville, 25, is sentenced on January 10 at 1:45 p.m. before Judge LeRoy McCullough in courtroom 4A at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior DPA John Castleton.
Charges filed in wine theft: Charges were filed this afternoon against a Seattle man who is accused of stealing up to $650,000 worth of wine from a wine retailer/wine storage facility in Sodo. The wine was stolen from wine storage lockers at Esquin Wine & Spirits. The defendant Samuel Arby Harris, 34, is charged with one count each of Burglary First Degree, Theft Second Degree and Attempted Arson First Degree. The defendant also allegedly cut gas lines in an attempt to start a fire at the facility. Seattle police are searching for a second suspect. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $500,000. Arraignment is scheduled for December 19 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Murder charge filed in Renton DV homicide: A charge of Murder in the Second Degree was filed today against a 34-year-old woman who allegedly shot and killed her husband during an argument in Renton on December 1. Vanetta Richardson is accused of firing a .40 caliber handgun at her husband Jerry Lee Butler, Jr., 31, striking him seven times. Richardson remains in jail on $1 million bail. Arraignment is set for December 16 at 9 a.m. at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Charges filed in collision that injured 3 children: Charges were filed this afternoon against a 25-year-old Seattle man who allegedly stole a car and collided with another vehicle in South Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Three children in the victims’ car were injured in the collision. The defendant, Abdinjib Ibraham, is charged with three counts of Vehicular Assault and one count each of Taking a Motor Vehicle Without Permission, Attempting to Elude a Pursuing Police Vehicle, and Reckless Endangerment. He remains in jail on $250,000 bail. Arraignment is set for December 18 at the King County Courthouse.
Charges filed in theft of Victoria Clipper: Charges were filed this afternoon against Samuel K. McDonough, 32, who allegedly tried to steal a Victoria Clipper ferry boat from the Seattle waterfront on Sunday. McDonough is charged with one count each of Burglary Second Degree, Theft First Degree and Malicious Mischief First Degree. The defendant is accused of illegally boarding the boat and taking it out into Elliott Bay. He remains in jail with bail set at $200,000. The defendant will be arraigned on December 18 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Defendant charged with murder of woman found near Burke-Gilman Trail: A 32-year-old Renton man has been charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in connection with the alleged murder of a woman who was found dead near the Burke-Gilman trail on October 4 in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. The defendant, Uriel Boyd, allegedly shot Jowanna Gooden, 26, in the head after a dispute regarding damage to his car. Boyd remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Arraignment is scheduled for December 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse.
Hearing for Renton homicide suspect: Bail has been set at $1 million for a 34-year-old woman who was arrested after she allegedly shot and killed her husband during an argument in Renton on December 1. At yesterday’s bail hearing, the court found probable cause for murder in the second degree. A second appearance is scheduled for December 4, which is also the deadline for a charging decision.
Hearing for suspect in collision that injured 3 children: Bail has been set at $250,000 for a 25-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly stealing a car and colliding with another vehicle in South Seattle on Thanksgiving Day. Three children in the victims’ car were injured in the collision. A judge on Saturday found probable cause for robbery, but the suspect could also face charges of vehicular assault and attempting to elude police. A second court appearance is scheduled for December 4 at the King County Jail.
Charges filed in armed robbery on Metro bus: Robbery charges were filed today against a 19-year-old Seattle man who is accused of robbing passengers at gunpoint aboard a Metro bus on November 25 in West Seattle. A group of passengers confronted the defendant, tackled him to the floor and held him until police arrived. Trevonnte Brown is charged with two counts of Robbery First Degree and one count of Attempted Robbery First Degree for allegedly robbing two passengers and attempting to rob a third. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $350,000. Arraignment is scheduled for December 16 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
PAO Recognizes Outstanding Law Enforcement Officers
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Each October the King County Prosecutor’s Office recognizes law enforcement officers for their outstanding work in domestic violence investigations. The victim advocates, paralegals and deputy prosecutors from the PAO’s Domestic Violence Unit come together to select outstanding law enforcement professionals who work hard every day to end the cycle of violence.
From L – R: DPA Kimberly Wyatt, Dan Satterberg, SPD Det. Don Witmer, KCSO Marshal Danelle Bentley and PAO Victim Advocate Sanetta Hunter.
Earlier this month, two officers were selected for their outstanding work. This year’s recipients of the Norm Maleng Outstanding Law Enforcement Award are King County Sheriff’s Marshal Danelle Bentley and Seattle Police Detective Don Witmer. Both have consistently demonstrated a commitment to victims of domestic violence and go above and beyond the call of duty in their efforts to hold offenders accountable. Their hard work and professionalism makes them this year’s recipients of the award.
PAO Partners With Domestic Violence Agencies
One in four women in the United States will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. In King County there are approximately 11,000 reports of domestic violence annually -- about 30 incidents per day. The PAO’s DV Unit consists of deputy prosecutors, victim advocates, protection order advocates, paralegals and staff, all ready to assist DV victims and hold offenders accountable for acts of violence in the home. The work is difficult and sobering -- one in three murders in King County is a domestic violence homicide. The PAO partners with many DV victim advocacy groups.
List of all the agencies . . .
PAO to Seek Exceptional Sentence for Repeat Domestic Violence Offender
A jury has found a Des Moines man guilty of Assault in the First Degree as charged for a brutal assault on his girlfriend in 2012. The defendant Roosevelt Reed, 50, beat his girlfriend severely, fracturing five bones in her face and leaving her barely conscious. After the assault, Reed tried to conceal what actually happened. He called 911 and reported that his girlfriend had been injured by an unknown intruder. The defendant gave this fictitious story to the responding officers, who did not initially consider him as a suspect. The next day, Detective Fred Gendreau of the Des Moines Police Department was assigned to the case. He questioned the defendant’s version of events and believed that it was in fact a case of domestic violence.
Learn more about the Roosevelt Reed case . . .
A Mother Continues Her Mission to Eliminate Unsecured Loads And Educate the Public
In 2004, Robin Abel’s daughter, Maria, was severely injured by an unsecured piece of furniture that fell from an open trailer onto the highway and crashed through her windshield. The driver was identified and located about a month later, but state law at the time only allowed for a citation when an unsecured load falls from a trailer. The driver received tickets for littering, having an unsecured load, having no insurance, and no valid driver’s license.
Learn more about Robin Abel's efforts . . .
Welcoming New DPAs to the PAO
Six new DPAs are beginning their legal careers here at the PAO. The new DPAs were sworn in during a ceremony in late September in the presiding courtroom of King County Superior Court. Dan Satterberg and the PAO welcomes DPAs (pictured L-R) Gavriel Jacobs, Aubony Burns, Daniel Shickich, Kevin Khong, Michelle Gregoire, and Maria Manza. Congratulations new DPAs!
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
Seattle U. Criminal Justice Leadership Academy
Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee Hearing
DV Symposium at Seattle U.
Federal Way Kiwanis
2013 Criminal Justice Institute Conference
Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance Conference
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