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August 24:

Guilty Verdict in Kent Gas Station Murders: A jury yesterday convicted Leland Russell, Jr., on two counts of Murder in the First Degree with Firearm Enhancements for a double homicide at a gas station in Kent on August 20, 2014. Russell, 31, shot and killed two employees of the gas station, David Christianson and Carlos Gonzalez. Russell and another man arrived at the busy gas station during the morning commute and started arguments with several customers who were attempting to use the business’s services. Witnesses said the defendant and his friend were rude and combative toward customers and Shell Station employees before they were told to leave by the victims. After the defendant’s friend started to physically assault one of the victims, Russell retrieved his gun from his vehicle and shot the two unarmed victims multiple times at close range. The jury also convicted Russell on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree in a separate incident from earlier that day. Sentencing is scheduled for October 14 at 10 a.m. before Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan in courtroom 4C of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The defendant faces a sentence range is 55 to 68 years in prison. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Karissa Taylor.  

August 23: 

Sentencing Hearing Delayed in Bellevue Vehicular Homicide: A sentencing hearing has been continued from August 19 to September 2 for a 39-year-old Bellevue man who was convicted in a drunk-driving crash that killed his girlfriend in Bellevue on November 11, 2015. The defendant, Robert T. Jackson, was convicted earlier this month on charges of Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit and Run. Jackson was under the influence of alcohol and speeding when he lost control of his car and crashed into a utility box, killing Lindsey Hill, 35. The defendant was found guilty during a bench trial before Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen. The Court also found an aggravating circumstance of rapid recidivism since the current offense was committed a short time after the defendant was released from prison. Jackson faces a sentence of life in prison under the state’s “Three Strikes” law for repeat offenders. The September 2 sentencing is set for 10:15 a.m. in courtroom W-864. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim and Deputy Prosecutor Aubony Burns.    

August 12:

Sentencing in Seattle Fatal Collision: A 27-year-old man was sentenced this afternoon to 86 months in prison for a fatal collision in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood on March 16. The defendant, Chase Washatko, pled guilty last month to Vehicular Homicide and Reckless Driving. He was under the influence of alcohol when he drove through a red light at Boren and James Street and collided with another vehicle, killing Gibrel Mohammed, 61. The impact sent both cars careening into an approaching ambulance. Today's sentencing was before Judge John Erlick in courtroom W-1060 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.  

August 9: 

Sentencing in Fatal Shooting of Teen in Columbia City: Sentencing has been continued from August 19 to September 16 for a 25-year-old Seattle man who pled guilty last week to Murder in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement for the fatal shooting of his 14-year-old niece in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood on December 6, 2015. The defendant, Si Phu, shot the victim after an argument over a pair of shoes. The defendant faces a sentence range of 310 to 393 months in prison, which includes the firearm enhancement of 60 months. The September 16 sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. before Superior Court Judge John Chun in courtroom W-921 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kline.  

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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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