State v. Louis C. Chen
Guilty Plea in State v. Louis Chen: A 43-year-old man pled guilty this morning in the fatal stabbings of his partner and their two-year-old son in Seattle in 2011. The defendant, Louis C. Chen, pled guilty to charges of Murder in the Second Degree for the murder of his partner, Eric Cooper, and Murder in the First Degree for the murder of their two-year-old son Cooper Chen at their apartment in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood on August 11, 2011. Each charge includes a deadly weapon enhancement. The defendant faces a sentence range of 34 to 49 years in prison, which includes the deadly weapon enhancements. Prosecutors will recommend a top of the range sentence of 49 years. Chen was originally charged with Aggravated Murder, however, the death penalty was not requested in the case. Today’s guilty plea achieves the goals of the prosecution with certainty, finality and what could potentially be a sentence of life in prison. The defendant also gives up his right to any appeal in the case. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. The sentencing hearing will be before Judge William Bowman in courtroom W-739 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Don Raz and Mary Barbosa.