State v. Floyd D. Gonzales . . . State v. Douglas Ho and Victor Contreras . . . State v. Danford Grant
Case Updates: May 21, 2014
Auburn Man Sentenced to 12 ½ Years in DUI Collision: State v. Floyd D. Gonzales: Floyd D. Gonzales, 30, was sentenced to 12 ½ years in prison for a collision that killed popular Auburn taxi driver Brian Love on July 5, 2013. Gonzales pled guilty to Vehicular Homicide. The defendant was under the influence when the SUV he was driving ran a red light and collided with the taxi. The case was handled by Senior DPA Amy Freedheim, victim advocate Karen Kunde, and paralegal Lindsey Thomas.
Jury Convicts Violent Gang Members in 2012 Shooting: State v. Douglas Ho and Victor Contreras: Defendants Douglas Ho, 20, and Victor Contreras, 21, were both found guilty by a jury last week of three counts of Assault in the First Degree with Firearms Enhancements, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, and a Gang Aggravator on each. In July 2012, the defendants chased down a car full of rival gang members after prior shootings between the two gangs in the preceding months. After a 30-block chase through Beacon Hill, the victim’s vehicle crashed onto a curb in a quiet residential neighborhood. The defendants jumped out of their vehicle and continued to fire, hitting numerous houses that were occupied by innocent civilians. The defendants continued pursuing them on foot. One victim was hit in the back by gunfire. Ho is facing a prison range of 50 to 60 years and the range for Contreras is 42 to 50 years. They will be sentenced in August. The case was handled by Senior DPAs Steve Herschkowitz and Julie Kline and paralegal Rashelle Tidwell.
Attorney Sentenced to 25 Years for Rapes of Massage Therapists: State v. Danford Grant: Danford Grant, 49, was sentenced on Monday to 25 years in prison for raping five women who worked as massage therapists in the Seattle area. Just before the start of trial, Grant pled guilty to five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, one count of Burglary in the First Degree, and a deadly weapon allegation. The defense agreed to a 25-year prison sentence. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in his statement that the victims are “empowered by the knowledge that our community believes them. They, and the rest of the community know that our justice system has worked to put an end to the reign of violent intimidation and rape by a man of power and privilege over women who had neither.” Letters from the victims were read in court at Monday’s sentencing hearing. One victim said, “This has totally overthrown my daily living and caused me tremendous psychological pressure. Since his attack, I have become very suspicious of anything…” Another victim wrote, “I will never forget about the humiliation, the dark shadow, and the trauma this incident has brought upon me, and I will be entangled in these feelings for the rest of my life.” Another one of the victims said, “When I saw the knife, everything ran through my head. Was I going to die this night? Would I ever see my children and family again?” The case was handled by Senior DPAs Corinn Bohn and Val Richey, and paralegal Kerri Bradford.