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April 27: 

Guilty Plea in Fatal Drive-by Shooting in Auburn: A 20-year-old man pled guilty this morning in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed two men at a bus stop in Auburn on October 20, 2015. The defendant, Froilan Hermenegildo, pled guilty to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree with firearm enhancements, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, and two counts of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The defendant was charged in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Angel Mireles and 40-year-old Mark Rivera, who was Mireles’ stepfather. Hermenegildo faces a sentence range of about 38 to 54 years in prison, which includes firearm enhancements. Sentencing is set for June 2 at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Chad Allred in courtroom 4B of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors John Castleton and Steve Herschkowitz. 

April 24: 

Charges Filed in U.W. Shooting: The King County Prosecutor’s Office today charged a 29-year-old woman in connection with a shooting that occurred during a protest on the University of Washington campus in January. The victim, a 34-year-old man, was shot once in the abdomen outside Kane Hall on January 20. The defendant, Elizabeth Hokoana, was charged this morning with Assault in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement. Her husband, 29-year-old Marc Hokoana, was charged with Assault in the Third Degree for his involvement in the incident.

“The evidence will show that these defendants took a gun into a volatile protest in Red Square, and that Marc Hokoana engaged in several provocative acts, including using pepper spray on the crowd,” said Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney.  “The crowd reacted predictably to being pepper sprayed, but the evidence will show that at the time Elizabeth Hokoana fired her pistol that her husband was not in imminent danger,” he added.

University of Washington Police Chief John Vinson praised the support received from both the Seattle and campus communities. He said, “Cooperation from witnesses, including several people sending us video of the incident contributed to our detectives determining what happened.”

Both defendants are scheduled for arraignment on May 3 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.  

April 14: 

Charges Filed in Kent Vehicular Homicide: A 23-year-old Seattle man has been charged in a fatal collision in Kent on February 11 that killed a 44-year-old woman and seriously injured her 14-year-old daughter. The defendant, Eric Hernandez-Navarro, was driving a stolen car on an arterial road at over 60 mph when he allegedly drove through a red light and slammed into the other vehicle. The defendant is charged with Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felony Hit and Run, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree. The defendant remains in jail on $750,000 bail. Arraignment is set for April 20 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.    

April 13: 

Charges Filed in Fatal Shooting in Federal Way: An 18-year-old Federal Way man was charged earlier this week with Murder in the First Degree in connection with a fatal shooting at a house party in Federal Way on April 8. The defendant, Dario Martinez-Castro, is accused of fatally shooting a 21-year-old man after a dispute. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Arraignment is scheduled for April 24 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. 

April 5: 

Charges Filed in Fatal Shooting in Downtown Seattle: A 36-year-old Seattle man has been charged with Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in downtown Seattle on January 29. The defendant, Darryl G. Peterson, allegedly shot the victim multiple times and then fled. He was arrested on Monday evening and booked into the King County Jail, where he is being held on $1 million bail. Arraignment is scheduled for April 17 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.  

March 31: 

Sentencing in Auburn Vehicular Homicide: A 40-year-old man was sentenced today to an exceptional sentence of 592 months in prison for a collision that killed four passengers in the car he was driving in Auburn on October 25, 2014. A fifth passenger was seriously injured in the collision. A jury earlier this month convicted the defendant, Nicholas Windsor Anderson, on four counts of Vehicular Homicide (DUI), and one count of Vehicular Assault (DUI) and Reckless Driving as charged. The defendant was under the influence of alcohol and driving at a high rate of speed on Auburn Way South when the car he was driving went off the roadway and into a ditch before slamming into a tree and three utility boxes. Anderson’s sentence range was 258 to 328 months in prison, which included sentencing enhancements. Prosecutors recommended an exceptional sentence of 460 months. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Cheryl Carey at the the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim and Deputy Prosecutor Susan Harrison and paralegal Linsdey Thomas.

 

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