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Dan Satterberg

Case Updates: August 6, 2014


State v. Marcus Ruffin . . . State v. Kennon Fastrup . . . State v. Bryan E. Corbett, Jr. & State v. Dathan L. Williams


Guilty Verdict in 2012 Robbery Attempt and Murder: State v. Marcus Ruffin: Marcus E. Ruffin was found guilty at trial last month 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 jury found Ruffin guilty after a six-week trial on charges of Murder in the 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, faces a sentence range of 43 to 53 years in prison.  A Co-Defendant, Jacob Mommer, 21, an unarmed accomplice to the robbery attempt and murder, was tried and convicted last year on charges of Murder in the First Degree and Assault in the 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.  Both defendants will be sentenced in September.  The case was investigated by SPD Detective Rolf Norton.  The Ruffin case was prosecuted by Senior DPAs Adrienne McCoy and Stephen Herschkowitz. The Mommer case was prosecuted by Senior DPA Jeff Baird. The paralegal on both cases was Kelly Rosa.


Guilty Verdict in Murder of Woman Found in Burned Car: State v. Kennon Fastrup:  A jury convicted a Kent man last month on charges of Murder in the First Degree (DV), Arson in the Second Degree (DV) and Attempting to Elude Police for the death of Denise Grigsby, 39, whose body was discovered in the trunk of her burned-out car in May 2012 near Black Diamond.  The jury also convicted Fastrup, 32, on a misdemeanor charge of Violation of a No Contact Order.  A co-defendant, Michelle Backstrom, 37, pled guilty in March to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree.  She faces a sentence range of 12 to 20 years in prison for her involvement in the murder.  Fastrup faces a sentence of 34 to 45 ½ years. The defendants murdered Grigsby after an argument between Fastrup and the victim.  Both defendants will be sentenced on August 22 at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center.  The case was handled by Senior DPAs Brad Bales and Kristin Richardson, Victim Advocate Karen Kunde and Paralegal Sue Trujillo.  Detective Mike Mellis of the King County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.


Jury Convicts Serial DV Offender: State v. Bryan E. Corbett, Jr:  Bryan E. Corbett, Jr. has 16 prior DV convictions with three separate victims spanning ten years.  In this case, the defendant assaulted the mother of his infant child as she held the baby in her arms.  He threw a wooden butcher block at his girlfriend, only to strike the infant on the head.  There was a valid NCO at the time.  The defendant fled and avoided arrest for two weeks, until police found him back at the victim’s apartment, hiding under the child’s bed.  Material witness warrants had to be issued for the victim, and several defense witnesses.  Corbett, 33, was convicted of Burglary in the First Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree (for the infant), two counts of Felony Violation of a No Contact Order and the jury found aggravating factors that the child was present and for a history of DV abuse.  Although the standard range is 87-116 months, prosecutors will be seeking an exceptional sentence of 180 months at Corbett’s sentencing on August 8.  The case was handled by Senior DPA Jeff Dernbach and paralegal Kristen Anderson and investigated by SPD Detective Adam Thorp.


Drywall Contractor Pleads Guilty to Theft: State v. Dathan L. Williams: A Seattle drywall contractor has pled guilty to felony charges for obtaining construction contracts through a pattern of deception and fraud.  The defendant, Dathan L. Williams, who owned JRW Structures, pled guilty to two counts of Theft in the Second Degree and one count of Offering False Instrument for Filing or Record.  He admitted to obtaining contracts for the Moses Lake Civic Center and the U.S. Postal Service Bellevue Carrier Annex by means of deception by lying about paying his workers prevailing wage and to filing a falsified certified payroll document with the U.S. Postal Service.  Williams, 32, faces a sentence range of up to 12 months.  Prosecutors will recommend that he serve three months of work release and pay a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for September 19.  The matter was referred by the Pacific Northwest Regional Carpenter’s Union and investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  The case was handled by Senior DPA Amanda Froh and paralegal Monicka Ly-Smith.

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