State v. Marcus Elisha Ruffin . . . State v. Jacob Andrew Mommer
Sentencing in 2012 Robbery Attempt and Murder: Two men were sentenced last Friday for a robbery attempt and shooting that left a woman dead and a man injured on January 3, 2012 in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. A judge sentenced Marcus E. Ruffin to nearly 48 years in prison. A jury found the defendant guilty in July on charges of Murder First Degree and Assault Second Degree, both with Firearm Enhancements, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Ruffin shot and killed a 22-year-old woman, Ashton Reyes, and injured her boyfriend, Jason Rose. Ruffin, 22, faced a sentence range of 43 to 53 years. Co-Defendant, Jacob Mommer, 21, an unarmed accomplice to the robbery attempt and murder, was sentenced to 20 years. He was tried and convicted last year on charges of Murder First Degree and Assault Second Degree, both with Firearm Enhancements. Post-conviction, Mommer agreed to testify in the prosecution of the gunman, Ruffin, in exchange for a dismissal of the firearm enhancements against him and a prosecution recommendation of 20 years. The Ruffin case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Adrienne McCoy and Stephen Herschkowitz, and the Mommer case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Baird. The paralegal on both cases was Kelly Rosa.