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February 16: 

Sentencing in State v. Aaron Ybarra: Sentencing in State v. Aaron Ybarra is scheduled for February 17 at 1 p.m. before Judge James Rogers in courtroom E-733 of the King County Courthouse. In November, a jury found Ybarra, 29, guilty as charged in connection with a June 5, 2014 shooting at Seattle Pacific University that killed one student and injured two others. The jury convicted the defendant on charges of Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. Each charge includes a firearm enhancement and an aggravator because the shooting involved a destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim. Paul Lee, 19, was killed in the shooting. Two other students, Sarah Williams and Thomas Fowler, Jr., were wounded. Ybarra faces a sentence range of 88 to 111 years in prison.  

January 31: 

Sentencing in Bellevue Homicide: A 36-year-old Seattle man was sentenced last Friday to life in prison under the state’s “Three Strikes” law for persistent offenders for the strangulation death of his girlfriend in Bellevue in February 2015. In December, a jury found the defendant, Justin M. Bacani, guilty of Murder in the Second Degree-DV as charged in the murder of 29-year-old Annalise Harrison. Bacani was sentenced before King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Christina Miyamasu and Wyman Yip.

Sentencing in Fatal Shooting in Seattle: A 21-year-old Seattle man was sentenced on Friday to 23 years in prison for the murder of 20-year-old Zakariya Issa in Seattle on July 31, 2015. The defendant, Mohamed A. Omar, pled guilty in November to Murder in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement. The defendant had ambushed the unarmed man and then shot him. Omar was sentenced before King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Steve Herschkowitz and Wyman Yip.

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Dan recently spoke at:

  • Choices Program at Sylvester Middle School
  • Public Defender Conference at Seattle University
  • 180 Program Fundraiser
  • Retired Public Employees Council Meeting


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