King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 5:05 p.m. 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.
Drywall Contractor Sentenced in Theft Case: A Seattle drywall contractor was sentenced today to three months in jail (work release) and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for obtaining construction contracts through a pattern of deception and fraud. The defendant, Dathan L. Williams, who owned JRW Structures, pled guilty in July to two counts of Theft in the Second Degree and one count of Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record. Both are felony charges. Williams, 33, admitted to obtaining contracts for the Moses Lake Civic Center and the U.S. Postal Service Bellevue Carrier Annex by means of deception by lying about paying his workers prevailing wage and to filing a falsified certified payroll document with the U.S. Postal Service. The matter was referred by the Pacific Northwest Regional Carpenter’s Union and investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Froh and paralegal Monicka Ly-Smith.
Arraignment for Man Accused of Killing his Mother in 2010: Arraignment was held this morning for Cecil D. Walker, who allegedly beat and stabbed his 86-year-old mother to death on August 27, 2010 in Black Diamond. The defendant entered a not guilty plea to the charge of Murder in the First Degree with a deadly weapon. King County Prosecutors refiled the charge against Walker on September 4. For the past four years, Walker, 54, has either been confined at the King County Jail or a patient at Western State Hospital. He was found incompetent in January 2012 and civilly committed at Western State Hospital. Last month, Western State notified prosecutors of the hospital’s intent to petition the court to modify the current commitment order to allow for less restrictive placement in the community. Walker was booked into the King County Jail prior to his release into the community. A case setting hearing is set for October 2 at the King County Courthouse.
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.
The 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.
The 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
The 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)
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