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Dan Satterberg

Case Updates: April 2, 2014


State v. Lester P. Thompson, Jr.. . .State v. Jose Jimenez-Lopez. . .State v. Michael Lee Phillips. . .State v. Ivan and Deborah Ljunghammar...



Case Updates:

Violent DV Offender Convicted in Brutal Assault, Kidnap: State v. Lester P. Thompson, Jr.:  A jury has convicted a Seattle man of viciously assaulting his girlfriend over a nine-hour period last November in Seattle.  The jury convicted Lester Thompson, 31, of several charges, including Assault in the Second Degree, Kidnap in the First Degree, Intimidating a Witness, and Tampering with a Witness.  Thompson assaulted the victim over several hours while they drove in her car.  He strangled her repeatedly, slammed her head into the car’s console, and when the victim tried to run from the car, he grabbed her by the arm and accelerated while dragging her along the pavement.  When he lost his grip, the rear tire ran over the victim, crushing her shoulder blade.  He also forced her into the trunk of the car for seven hours, and made threats if she called police.  Before trial started, Thompson also sent the victim a threatening letter telling her not to testify.  Thompson faces a sentence of 16 years in prison.  He will be sentenced on April 4 at 2:45 p.m. before Judge Laura Inveen.  The case was handled by Senior DPA Jennifer Petersen, paralegal Jay Ashworth and SPD victim advocate Cyndie Griffith.      

Man Sentenced for Abduction and Rape of Woman in Greenwood: State v. Jose Jimenez-Lopez:  Jose Jimenez-Lopez has been sentenced to a minimum of 18 years up to an indeterminate maximum of life in prison for the abduction and rape of a woman in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood in June 2011 and for the robbery of another young woman in 2011 also in the Greenwood area.  Jimenez-Lopez, 27, pled guilty last month to Rape in the First Degree, Attempted Kidnapping in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree.  A jury previously convicted him of a separate robbery at gunpoint in the Greenwood area.  The cases were handled by Senior DPAs Val Richey and Will Doyle and paralegals Terri Chase and Lori Bridgewater.

Jury Convicts Auburn Man of Raping 7-year-old at Goodwill Store: State v. Michael Lee Phillips:  A jury convicted Michael Lee Phillips of Rape of a Child in the First Degree as charged for dragging a 7-year-old girl from the sales floor of an Auburn Goodwill store and raping her in the store’s bathroom.  The jury also found the special predatory enhancement which will result in the defendant facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years up to life in prison when he is sentenced later this month.  Phillips, 47, is also facing a sentence of 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography.  The case was handled by Senior DPA Risa Woo, DPA Stephanie Knightlinger and paralegal Holly Gilmore

Jury Convicts Couple of Embezzling $500,000 from Elderly Mom with Dementia: 
State v. Ivan and Deborah Ljunghammar:  A sentencing hearing will be held later this month for Ivan Ljunghammar, 62, and his wife Deborah Ljunghammar, 60, who were convicted by a jury of Theft in the First Degree for stealing over $500,000 from the man’s 82-year-old dementia-stricken mother.  Prosecutors will recommend that the pair be sentenced to a one-year exceptional sentence and be ordered to pay restitution.  The standard range under sentencing guidelines for Theft in the First Degree is up to 90 days.  The case was handled by Senior DPA Scott Peterson and paralegal Monicka Ly-Smith.

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