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Dan Satterberg

Sentencing in Fatal Boat Collision


State v. Richard Anthony Hicks


Sentencing in Fatal Boat Collision: A sentencing hearing will be held on September 4 for a 47-year-old Renton man who was found guilty yesterday in connection with a fatal boat collision on Lake Washington on the evening of July 16, 2014. The jury convicted the defendant Richard Anthony Hicks on one count of Homicide by Watercraft and two counts of Assault by Watercraft. The defendant was under the influence of alcohol when the motorboat he was piloting collided with a sailboat. A passenger on the sailboat, Melissa Protz, 33, died in the collision and two other passengers on the sailboat were injured. The defendant faces a sentence range of 51 to 68 months in prison. The September 4 sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. before Judge Carol Schapira in courtroom W-331 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim and Deputy Prosecutor Brandy Gevers.

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