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Dan Satterberg

CASE UPDATES: January 14, 2015


State v. Kenneth M. Sutton . . . State v. Sean L. Graham . . . State v. Jesse Brisban


Guilty Verdict in Shooting Outside a Federal Way Bar: State v. Kenneth M. SuttonA judge has found a Federal Way man guilty of murder and assault charges for a 2012 shooting outside Johnny’s Famous Grill and Bar in Federal Way that left a man dead and two men and two women injured.  The defendant, Kenneth M. Sutton, Jr., was found guilty on December 24 after a bench trial before Judge Bill Bowman.  The Court found Sutton guilty of Murder in the Second Degree and four counts of Assault in the First Degree with firearm enhancements.  He was also convicted of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree.  The shooting occurred on June 27, 2012, when Sutton instigated an argument outside by yelling “Rollin’ 90s.”  Most of the victims were bystanders who were standing outside after the bar closed.  Sutton, 23, faces a sentence range of 70 to 88 years in prison, which includes 25 years of firearm sentencing enhancements.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 28, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom W-739 at the King County Courthouse.  Although Detective Madeline Morikawa led the investigation for the Federal Way Police Department, virtually every detective in that department contributed to the investigation in some way.  The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner and Deputy Prosecutor Brian Wynne, with assistance from paralegals Angela Blocki and Holly Gilmore.


Inmate Sentenced to 25 Years for Vicious Attack on King County Corrections Officer: State v. Sean L. Graham:  A judge on Friday sentenced Sean L. Graham to an exceptional sentence of 25 years in prison for an attack on a King County corrections officer at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in January 2011.  In November, a jury found the defendant guilty of Assault in the First Degree.  Graham, 36, was also convicted on three counts of Custodial Assault for assaulting other officers who were trying to subdue the defendant. Corrections officer Gil Letrondo was knocked unconscious in the assault and was on the floor when Graham then stomped on his neck and chest.  The jury found aggravating circumstances that the unconscious officer was a vulnerable victim and that he was a law enforcement officer performing his official duties at the time of the offense.  Graham was in custody on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree when he attacked the officer.  The defendant was sentenced before Judge Theresa Doyle at the King County Courthouse.  The standard range was 17 to 23 years.  Prosecutors requested an exceptional sentence of 30 years based on the aggravating circumstances.  The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor William Doyle, Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith and paralegal Lori Bridgewater.


Sex Offender Sentenced for Kidnap at Beacon Hill Park: State v. Jesse Brisbin:  A Level 3 sex offender was sentenced Friday to a minimum of 18 ½ years up to an indeterminate maximum of life in prison for the kidnap of a six-year-old girl at a Beacon Hill last June.  The defendant, Jesse R. Brisbin, pled guilty last month to Kidnapping in the First Degree with Sexual Motivation as charged.  Brisbin, 30, faced a minimum range of 14 ½ to 18 ½ years up to an indeterminate maximum sentence of up to life in prison.  Brisbin was sentenced by Judge Monica Benton at the King County Courthouse.  The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Johnson and paralegal Kerri Bradford.


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