King County Prosecuting Attorney
Sentencing in Auburn Murder: Alexander Joachin, 17, was sentenced this afternoon to 150 months in prison for a fatal shooting in Auburn on October 7, 2016. The defendant ran up to the victim, Erick Valdez-Herrera, 17, and shot him multiple times. The victim was unarmed and sitting in his car at the time he was murdered. The defendant pled guilty last month to Murder in the Second Degree. Joachin, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult under Washington State's automatic adult jurisdiction law, which allows for prosecution in adult court for 16 and 17-year-olds who are accused of serious, violent offenses. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Elizabeth Berns at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa.
Sentencing in Fatal Shooting in Pioneer Square in 2014: Kenneth Bernard Jones, Jr., was sentenced this afternoon to 240 months in prison for a fatal shooting on September 24, 2014 at 2nd and Yesler in Seattle. The defendant shot the victim, Melvin Dees, and then fled the scene. Jones, 22, pled guilty last month to a charge of Murder in the First Degree. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Lori Kay Smith at the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy.
Sentencing Rescheduled in Auburn Fatal Stabbing: Today's sentencing has been continued to January 12 for a 28-year-old man who pled guilty to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree with a deadly weapon for the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in Auburn on February 18, 2016. The defendant, Fritz K. Ratcliffe, was arguing with his girlfriend and then fatally stabbed the woman’s son, Jaseree Fountain, who had tried to help his mother. Ratcliffe faces a sentence range of 158 to 258 months in prison. The January 12 sentencing is set for at 1:30 p.m. before Judge Cheryl Carey in courtroom 3F of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa.
Guilty Plea in U-District Vehicular Homicide: A 23-year-old Seattle man pled guilty on Wednesday to Vehicular Homicide and Reckless Endangerment for a collision that killed a motorcyclist in the University District in Seattle on December 31, 2016. The defendant, James Krogh, was driving under the influence of alcohol when he rear-ended a car on Roosevelt Way NE. No one was hurt but the defendant sped around the vehicle and then rear-ended a motorcyclist who was stopped at a red light three blocks away. The victim, Athen Nguyen, 22, was killed in the collision. The defendant faces a sentence range of 78 to 102 months in prison. Sentencing set for November 9 at 1:45 p.m. before Judge Barbara Linde at the King County Courthouse. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.
Auburn Man Sentenced to 65 Years in Prison for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend’s Autistic Son: A 45-year-old man was sentenced this morning to an exceptional sentence of 65 years in prison for torturing and killing his ex-girlfriend’s severely autistic 18-year-old son in 2014. A jury convicted the defendant, Matthew Christenson, in the murder and also found him guilty of assault for beating the victim’s younger brother. Christenson was convicted on charges of Homicide-By-Abuse, three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, and one count each of Felony Harassment and Unlawful Imprisonment as charged. The charges included aggravators based on an ongoing pattern of abuse, victim vulnerability and deliberate cruelty. The victims were subjected to protracted abuse, which included forced exercise, hours-long ice baths and beatings. The defendant was sentenced before Judge Chad Allred at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The sentence range was 30 to 41 years. With the aggravators, prosecutors recommended an exceptional sentence of 65 years in prison. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Ben Santos.
Sentencing in Seattle Vehicular Homicide: A 28-year-old Seattle woman was sentenced this afternoon to 8 ½ years in prison for the hit and run death of a pedestrian near Green Lake on January 2, 2017. The defendant, Treza Hafzalla, pled guilty in August to Vehicular Homicide-DUI. She was driving under the influence of alcohol when her car hit and killed Donelle Yelli, 62, who was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk on North 82nd Street. The sentence range was 6 ½ to 8 ½ years in prison. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Theresa Doyle at the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.
Defendant John Charlton Pleads Guilty as Charged for the Murder of Ingrid Lyne: John R. Charlton, 38, pled guilty this morning as charged to Murder in the First Degree for the murder of Ingrid Lyne, 40, in April 2016. The defendant also pled guilty to a charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle for the theft of Lyne’s automobile. The defendant killed the victim and dismembered her body. Her remains were later found in Seattle.
The defendant faces a sentence range of 250 to 333 months in prison. King County Prosecutors will be recommending a top of the range sentence of 333 months. Charlton is scheduled for sentencing for January 5 at 1 p.m. before Judge Julie Spector in courtroom E-815 of the King County Courthouse.
“Our community was shocked by the senseless murder of Ingrid Lyne,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. “We have charged the most serious crimes we could under the law, and now that this defendant has pled guilty, we will be recommending the maximum prison sentence,” he added.
Community & Speaking Engagements
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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