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Dan Satterberg

Sentencing in the 2010 Murder of Seth Frankel


State v. William L. Phillip, Jr.


Sentencing in the 2010 Murder of Seth Frankel:  A Portland man was sentenced this morning to 25 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of Seth Frankel in 2010 in Auburn. A jury convicted the defendant William L. “J.R.” Phillip Jr. in April of Murder in the First Degree. Frankel was a well-known video producer for the City of Kent. Phillip became jealous of Frankel after a woman broke off her relationship with Phillip to start seeing Frankel again. In May of 2010, Phillip stabbed Frankel to death in Frankel’s Auburn apartment. Auburn Police detectives tracked Phillip by using his cell phone records and collected DNA at the scene. Phillip also attempted to use plastic zip ties to confine Frankel, the same ties that Phillip also had access to at his job in Portland. Phillip, 33, faced a sentence range of 20 to 26 ½ years in prison. Sentencing was before Judge Andrea Darvas at the Maleng Regional Justice Center. The case was prosecuted by Senior DPAs Wyman Yip and Patrick Hinds.

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