State v. Vincent Vinny Sisounong . . . State v. Blessing Tume Gainey
Two men have pled guilty in connection with a home invasion attack at a Kirkland residence in October 2013. Vincent Sisounong, 22, and Blessing Gainey, 20, have each pled guilty as charged to Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Burglary in the First Degree, with deadly weapon enhancements, for randomly breaking into a Kirkland residence and attacking an 18-year-old man who was staying at his family’s home. The defendants were armed with knives when they threatened to kill the victim and then stabbed him in the legs, shoulder and head. Sisounong told detectives that he and Gainey broke into the home of complete strangers with the intent to kill. Sisounong said he wanted the victim to “fight for his life.” Sisounong pled guilty this afternoon and Gainey entered a guilty plea on Friday. They each face a sentence range of 20 to 25 ½ years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend a top of the range sentence for both. Sentencing is scheduled for October 10 at 1 p.m. before Judge Jean Rietschel in courtroom W-1060 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alex Voorhees, Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Manca, and paralegal Jill Carter. Detectives Adam Haas and Derek Hill of the Kirkland Police Department investigated the case.