King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 8:15 a.m. February 19
Competency Hearing Postponed for Defendant Charged in Robbery/Stabbing in Renton: Yesterday’s competency hearing has been postponed to March 4 for a man who is accused of cutting a clerk’s throat during a robbery at a video game store in Renton on January 14. The defendant, Darren Gayles, 44, is charged with Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. He allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat, forced her to open the cash drawer and then cut her throat. He then stole cash from the cash drawer and fled. Bail is set at $1 million. The March 4 competency hearing is set for 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Hearing Rescheduled in State v. Aaron Ybarra: Today’s case setting hearing has been continued to March 25 for Aaron Ybarra, 27, who is charged in connection with a June 5 shooting at Seattle Pacific University that killed one student and injured two others. Ybarra is charged with Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. All of the charges include firearm allegations. The March 25 case setting hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the King County Courthouse. Ybarra is being held without bail at the King County Jail.
Innovative Diversion Program Marks Third Anniversary
of Breaking the Cycle of Repeated Arrests of Drug Addicted Offenders
An important milestone has been reached for an innovative diversion program aimed at low level offenders who are addicted to drugs. In November 2011, the King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) partnered with the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, The Defender Association, the ACLU, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, the Office of the Mayor, the King County Executive's Office and the Belltown community leaders to launch LEAD -- Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion -- a new and innovative approach to manage and more effectively deal with low-level drug addicts, dealers and prostitutes who otherwise revolve through King County's jail and criminal justice system.
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg
with LEAD community Partners in 2011.
Over the past three years, the program has diverted 250 individuals away from repeated arrests and bookings into the county jail, a process that is both expensive and time consuming for law enforcement. Instead, officers can refer an individual to the LEAD program, in order to break the cycle of repeated arrests and incarceration by offering low-level offenders an opportunity to participate in a privately-funded four-year pilot program through Evergreen Treatment Services. The effective program is at the center of LEAD and offers treatment, educational opportunities, housing assistance, and other services geared toward breaking the cycle of addiction and reliance on the low level exchange of drugs.
LEAD is only an option for low-level offenders. Police officers on the street, who are most familiar with the neighborhood and the individuals in it, will decide who will participate in the program. Learn more . . .
Senior DPA Receives Chief’s Award for Outstanding Work
L-R Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole,
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson, recipient of the Chief’s Award, and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson received the Chief’s Award for her hard work and commitment on child exploitation cases. From SPD: “Cecelia Gregson has shown extraordinary dedication regarding the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation cases. She has worked tirelessly with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Chief O'Toole has given the Chief's Award to her for all of her hard work and commitment.”
PAO Receives 2014 Food Frenzy Award
The PAO won the competition in the Public Sector category for 2014 and has won in that category for the past nine years. In November, the PAO was recognized for its efforts and received the 2014 Food Frenzy Award. The PAO completed the two-week fundraising project in July, which raised $11,600 for Food Lifeline. 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. Many thanks to the PAO’s Food Frenzy organizing committee.
Service Awards for PAO Employees
The following PAO Employees recently observed significant anniversaries in the office. We celebrate not just longevity, but significant contributions to the mission of the PAO and service to the people of King County.
Stephanie Alfaro Padgett
Dianna “DJ” Smith
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
University Beyond Bars Benefit Dinner
Eastside Business Roundtable Breakfast meeting
Kent Rotary Club meeting
Kent-Meridian Kiwanis Club.
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.