King County Prosecuting Attorney
Sentencing in Kent Gas Station Murders: Leland Russell, Jr, was sentenced this morning to 63 years in prison for the fatal shooting of two employees of a gas station in Kent on August 20, 2014. Russell, 32, was convicted by a jury in August on two counts of Murder in the First Degree with Firearm Enhancements for the murders of 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 men 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. The defendant faced a sentence range is 55 to 68 years in prison. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Karissa Taylor.
Sentencing in State v. Derrick Coleman: Former Seattle Seahawk Derrick Coleman was sentenced this afternoon to 240 hours of community service and 12 months of community supervision for a collision in Bellevue on October 14, 2015 that injured the driver of another vehicle. The sentence, a first-time offender waiver, also requires the defendant to pay restitution. Coleman pled guilty last week to Vehicular Assault (Disregard for the Safety of Others) and Hit and Run. Coleman’s Dodge truck rear ended a vehicle driven by a 57-year-old man. The victim suffered a fractured collar bone when his car was flipped upside down in the collision. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.
Charge Filed in Fatal Stabbing at Tukwila Light-Rail Station: A 30-year-old man was charged today with Murder in the Second Degree with a deadly weapon enhancement for the fatal stabbing of another man at the Tukwila light-rail station on October 2. The defendant, Mehmet Whicker, is accused of stabbing the 29-year-old victim after an alleged altercation. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Arraignment is scheduled for October 17 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Charges Filed in Federal Way Fatal Shooting: A charge of Murder in the First Degree has been filed against a 46-year-old Federal Way man who is accused of fatally shooting his estranged girlfriend on September 24 in Federal Way. The defendant, Rashied Mitchell, is also charged with Domestic Violence Felony Violation of a Court Order and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. The defendant allegedly shot the victim, Tabitha Apling, 33, in the presence of their two minor children and then turned the gun on himself in an attempted suicide. The defendant’s bail is set at $5 million. Arraignment is scheduled for October 13 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
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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