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Dan Satterberg

Sentencing in 1980 Cold Case Homicide



Sentencing in 1980 Cold Case Homicide: Convicted sex offender Michael Allan Halgren, 58, was sentenced this afternoon to a minimum of 14 ½ years up to a maximum of life in prison for the murder of a 19-year-old woman in Bellevue 34 years ago. Halgren pled guilty last month to a charge of Murder in the Second Degree. DNA evidence linked the defendant to the murder of Susan Barbara Lowe, who was found strangled in her apartment in 1980.  Halgren, who has been in custody since 2002 after being civilly committed as a sexually violent predator, was charged in 2013 with Lowe’s murder.  Although a crime from 1980 falls under the state’s prior indeterminate sentencing system, the state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board has the option of keeping Halgren incarcerated up to life. If the defendant is ever granted parole, he would be returned to the Special Commitment Center. The case was handled by Senior DPA Kristin Richardson and DPA Leah Taguba. The case was investigated by Detective Jerry Johnson of the Bellevue Police Department. Today’s sentencing was before Judge Roger Rogoff at the King County Courthouse.

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