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Daniel T. Satterberg

King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
King County Courthouse, Room W554
516 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104-2362
(206) 296-9000

 

King County Prosecuting Attorney

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Daily Docket Updated:  11:20  a.m.  Octber 1

First Appearance for Suspect in Fatal Shooting at 2nd and Yesler: A first appearance is scheduled for this afternoon for a 19-year-old man arrested Tuesday on investigation of homicide for last week’s fatal shooting at 2nd and Yesler in Seattle. The suspect allegedly shot a man and then fled the scene. Today’s bail hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in courtroom 1 at the King County Jail.

September 30:

Man Convicted of Identity Theft for “Skimming” Diesel Fuel Credit Cards:
A jury has convicted a man on 16 counts of Identity Theft First Degree and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft First Degree for a “skimming” scheme involving fuel credit cards belonging to commercial trucking companies. The jury also found that each count constituted a major economic offense, an aggravating factor. Total losses to these companies and their credit card companies exceeded $582,000 over the 12 months the fraud was occurring. The defendant, Vinod Ram, used illegally cloned fuel account cards to steal diesel fuel. He would give the cloned account cards to his co-conspirators, call up short-haul truckers, then have the co-conspirators fill up the trucks at fueling stations in exchange for cash. Detectives were able to connect over 1,000 fraudulent credit card transactions to Ram, who was also found in possession of a credit card scanning device and a large amount of cash when his home was searched by detectives in 2012. The defendant had previously been convicted in 2009 of fraud related to credit cards stolen from his former employer, and committed the new offenses shortly after his release from prison. Ram, 48, faces a standard sentence range of 5 to 7 years, but prosecutors will recommend an exceptional sentence of 8 years and 4 months based on the aggravator. Ram will be sentenced on October 10 at 3 p.m. before Judge Carol Schapira at the King County Courthouse. Two co-defendants, Damiun Prasad and Manny Chuks, each pled guilty to one count of Identity Theft First Degree and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft First Degree. Prosecutors will recommend nine months of jail (work release) for the two co-defendants since neither has any prior felony convictions and they did not organize the scheme or profit from it and each testified at trial. Detective Sgt. Stacy Moate of the Washington State Patrol conducted an extensive 11-month investigation of this case. Deputy Prosecutors Peter Lewicki and Lindsey Grieve handled the case and were assisted by paralegal Monicka Ly-Smith.

September 24:

Sentencing in 2012 Robbery Attempt and Murder: Two men were sentenced last Friday for a robbery attempt and shooting that left a woman dead and a man injured on January 3, 2012 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. A judge sentenced Marcus E. Ruffin to nearly 48 years in prison. A jury found the defendant guilty in July on charges of Murder First Degree and Assault Second Degree, both with Firearm Enhancements, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Ruffin shot and killed a 22-year-old woman, Ashton Reyes, and injured her boyfriend, Jason Rose. Ruffin, 22, faced a sentence range of 43 to 53 years. Co-Defendant, Jacob Mommer, 21, an unarmed accomplice to the robbery attempt and murder, was sentenced to 20 years. He was tried and convicted last year on charges of Murder First Degree and Assault Second Degree, both with Firearm Enhancements. Post-conviction, Mommer agreed to testify in the prosecution of the gunman, Ruffin, in exchange for a dismissal of the firearm enhancements against him and a prosecution recommendation of 20 years. The Ruffin case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Adrienne McCoy and Stephen Herschkowitz, and the Mommer case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Baird. The paralegal on both cases was Kelly Rosa.

September 19:

Charges Filed in Sammamish Murder: Charges were filed this morning against two defendants who are accused in the brutal bludgeoning death of a man in Sammamish earlier this week. Kevin D. Patterson, 20, and Christopher Shade, 18, are each charged with Murder in the First Degree, Robbery in the First Degree and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The defendants are accused of bludgeoning Richard Bergesen to death with shovels. The defendants then allegedly stole the victim’s credit cards and vehicle and fled to Canada. They were arrested in Abbotsford B.C. on Wednesday where they remain in custody. Bail on the murder charges is set at $2 million. The King County Prosecutors Office is working with the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs to have the defendants returned to the U.S. to face charges.

 

Kent Car Show Shooting
Case Wrap Up: All Seven Defendants Convicted

The last two remaining defendants charged in a July 23, 2011 shootout at an unauthorized car show and rap concert in Kent have pleaded guilty. The King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) charged a total of seven defendants in the Kent car show shootout that left 12 people wounded. A 13th person was wounded in a subsequent drive-by shooting later that evening in an apparent act of retaliation. All seven have now been convicted.

Norm Maleng Regional Justice CenterThe defendants are identified members of the Playboy-Surenos street gang. Investigators pieced together the events of the Kent car show shootout through painstaking efforts after forming the South King County Gang Violence Initiative. Detectives from the Kent Police Department led the effort, but nearly a dozen police agencies contributed to the investigation. Investigators, facing a chaotic crime scene and uncooperative witnesses, were able to build a solid case.

They exhausted numerous evidentiary avenues, which included using: firearm tool mark evidence, text messaging records, fingerprints, social media, cell-phone tracking technology, jail phone call recordings, and video surveillance.

“This startling shootout in broad daylight at a shopping mall coalesced law enforcement and the community in South King County to take a stand against gang violence,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.

Last week, the court accepted guilty pleas from the two remaining defendants, Isai Hernandez and James Lopez, for their involvement in the shooting. Hernandez pled guilty to a charge of Drive-By Shooting and Lopez pled to a charge of Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree. In all, six defendants pleaded guilty and one was convicted at trial. Here’s a summary of the charges: Learn more . . .

 

PAO’s Annual Food Frenzy Drive Raises $11,600 for Food Lifeline
and Wins Public Sector Title for 9th Year in a Row

The PAO completed its annual two-week fundraising project in July called Food Frenzy, which raised $11,600 for Food Lifeline which equals last year’s total. The money will provide 46,400 meals for hungry children. Food Frenzy is a “friendly” competition between law, accounting and engineering firms with the goal of feeding children during the summer months when food bank shelves aren’t well stocked and school lunch programs aren’t running.

dandunkThe PAO has again won the competition in the Public Sector category for 2014 and has won in that category for the past nine years.

Employees participate in many fundraising projects including cooking & bake sales, softball and bowling tournaments, a pie baking contest, a silent auction for gift baskets, a spaghetti luncheon, raffles and Dress Down for a Cause. The Food Frenzy competition fielded a new event this year, a dunk tank. Employees could vote for co-workers and have them dunked into a lot of cold water.

The event was called “Make a Splash to Fight Hunger.”

Some volunteered for the event. Contestants paid $2 per throw, and if the ball hit the target, someone got dunked into 900 gallons of cold water, all for a good cause.  Learn more . . .

 

Dan Satterberg was dunked several times in the Dunk Tank
Competition. The event was called “Make a Splash to Fight Hunger.”

 

PAO Team Participates in Refuse To Abuse 5K Run

Refuse to Abuse 5KThe PAO’s Domestic Violence Unit joined in the Refuse to Abuse 5k Run/Walk in July hosted by the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field to benefit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The event raised awareness and over $107,000 to prevent domestic violence.

The PAO Domestic Violence Unit team raised just over $2,000. The team handily won the friendly fundraising competition with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Refuse to Abuse 5k and our PAO team organizers Gabby Charlton, Charles Sherer, and Dave Ryan.

PAO team photo in the Refuse to Abuse 5K

 

 

The PAO’s Partners in the Community

The PAO is working with King County TV to produce an ongoing series called “Prosecutor’s Partners,” which features people and organizations that are making a difference in King County. In this segment, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg interviews two representatives of Columbia Legal Services, Executive Director Aurora Martin, and staff attorney for Columbia, Merf Ehman. For the past 50 years, Columbia Legal Services has been providing legal services to the poor, but has also been advocating for changes in our community and for changes in our laws and criminal justice system, making it work better for everyone.

Click here to watch the 13 minute video. (external link to You Tube)

 

Community & Speaking Events

Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.

In July, Dan emceed at:

  • The Burien Independence Day Parade.

If you would like to invite Dan or someone from the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to speak to your organization, please email the office at this link Prosecuting Attorney.

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CASE UPDATES:

State v. Marcus Ruffin

State v. Kennon Fastrup

State v. Bryan E. Corbett, Jr.

State v. Dathan L. Williams