King County Prosecuting Attorney
Guilty Plea in Fatal Shooting in Pioneer Square in 2014: Kenneth Bernard Jones, Jr., pled guilty this morning to a charge of Murder in the First Degree in connection with 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, faces a sentence range of 240 to 320 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October 20 at 1 p.m. before Judge Lori Kay Smith in courtroom W-941 of the King County Courthouse. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Adrienne McCoy.
Guilty Plea in Auburn Fatal Shooting: Alexander Joachin, 17, pled guilty yesterday afternoon to Murder in the Second Degree 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. 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. The sentence range is 183 to 280 months in prison. Sentencing is currently set for October 20 before Judge Elizabeth Berns in courtroom 3C of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Mary Barbosa.
Sentencing Rescheduled in Auburn Fatal Stabbing: Tomorrow’s sentencing has been continued to October 20 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 October 20 sentencing is set for at 2:45 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.
Sentencing Rescheduled in Seattle Vehicular Homicide: Tomorrow’s sentencing has been continued to October 6 for a 28-year-old Seattle woman who pled guilty last month to Vehicular Homicide-DUI for the hit and run death of a pedestrian near Green Lake on January 2, 2017. The defendant, Treza Hafzalla, 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 October 6 sentencing is set for 1 p.m. before Judge Theresa Doyle in courtroom E-762 of the King County Courthouse. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.
Arraignment for Kent Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Wife: Arraignment is scheduled for September 11 for a 54-year-old Kent man who is charged with Murder in the First Degree for the alleged fatal stabbing of his wife at their home in Kent on August 23. The defendant, Aregay Tesfamariam, is accused of stabbing the victim, Tringo Ferede-Tesema, multiple times in front of their son. Monday’s arraignment is set for 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million.
Arraignment for Defendants Charged in Homicide at North Seattle Motel: Arraignment will be held on September 11 for a man and a woman who have been charged with Murder in the Second Degree for a fatal stabbing at a motel in North Seattle on August 18. The defendants, Elder Carceres, 29, and Luci Lucarelli, 32, are accused in the murder of Jonathan Finney, 48. They are accused of assaulting the victim, tying him up and killing him. Monday’s arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse. The defendants remain in jail with bail set at $2 million.
Charges Filed in Fatal Collision on Mercer Island: Charges of Vehicular Homicide and Felony Hit and Run have been filed against a 20-year-old Issaquah man who is accused in a fatal collision last Friday on Mercer Island. The defendant, Brian Shields, was allegedly under the influence and driving at a high rate of speed when the car he was driving rear-ended a vehicle that was slowing for a four-way stop sign at an intersection. The driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old man, was killed in the collision. The defendant ran from the crash scene but was arrested a short time later. Arraignment is set for September 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse. He remains in jail with bail set at $200,000.
Charges Filed in SODO Murder: A charge of Murder in the Second Degree was filed today against a 34-year-old man who is accused in a fatal shooting at a homeless encampment near 1st Avenue South and South Spokane Street in Seattle on August 22. The defendant, Daniel Markishtum, is accused in the fatal shooting of Anthoney L. Moss, 31. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Arraignment is scheduled for September 21 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Arraignment in 1998 Murder: Arraignment was held this morning for a convicted sex offender who is accused in the previously unsolved murder of a 33-year-old woman in Seattle’s Central District in 1998. The defendant, John R. Stearns, 54, was arraigned and pled not guilty to a charge of Murder in the First Degree. A case setting hearing is scheduled for October 26 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse. The defendant has prior convictions for several violent sexual assaults from the 1980s and 90s in the Central District. Stearns is currently serving a 60-year prison sentence for attacking and raping a woman in 1999.
Arraignment for Three Defendants in Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation: Arraignment will be held on August 31 for three brothers who were charged last week in connection with an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. Seattle Police searched their home in North Seattle and arrested the defendants Edwin Emery, 79, Thomas Emery, 80, and Charles Emery, 82. They are each charged with two counts of Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct in the Second Degree. The investigation is ongoing. Tomorrow’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse. The defendants remain in jail with bail set at $500,000.
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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