King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 1:15 p.m. March 4
Vehicular Homicide Charges Filed in Redmond Collision: A 21-year-old Lynnwood man was charged today with Vehicular Homicide, Felony Hit and Run, and Reckless Driving for a collision in Redmond early Saturday morning that killed a 30-year-old man. The defendant, Robert James Malsch, is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol and driving at a high rate of speed when the car he was driving slammed into a car that was stopped at a red light. The defendant exited his car after the collision and allegedly fled from the scene but was apprehended a short time later. Prior to the collision, witnesses reported seeing the defendant’s car traveling east on SR 520 at excessive speeds. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $100,000. Arraignment is scheduled for March 18 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse.
Registered Sex Offender Charged in Rape: Charges of Burglary in the First Degree and Rape in the Second Degree were filed yesterday against sex offender Michael Shawn Stanley, who is accused of raping a 69-year-old woman in Skyway last Friday. Stanley entered the victim’s home through a window and then allegedly sexually assaulted her. Because of Stanley’s criminal history, he is designated as a level three sex offender. In 2013, he cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet in Canada and entered in to the U.S. The charges include a rapid recidivism aggravator since the current offense was allegedly committed a short time after his release from incarceration on a burglary conviction. The aggravator can be used as a basis for an exceptional sentence. If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a minimum sentence range of 15 to 20 years up to an indeterminate maximum of life in prison. Bail has been set at $1 million. Arraignment is scheduled for March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Charges Filed in Robbery Attempt/Shooting on Beacon Hill: Charges have been filed against two defendants who are accused in a robbery attempt during which a man was shot in the leg on February 24 in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. The defendants, Seth Tapaka, 18, and Najee Clark, 17, are each charged with Assault in the First Degree. Clark, who is charged as an adult, is accused of shooting the victim during the robbery attempt. The defendants ran from the scene and allegedly fled in a car driven by Tapaka. The defendants are also charged with Robbery in the First Degree for an earlier robbery at gun point on February 24 where a man was allegedly robbed of his cell phone, debit card, and cash. Both defendants remain in custody with bail set at $250,000. Arraignment is scheduled for March 12 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Innovative Diversion Program Marks Third Anniversary
of Breaking the Cycle of Repeated Arrests of Drug Addicted Offenders
An important milestone has been reached for an innovative diversion program aimed at low level offenders who are addicted to drugs. In November 2011, the King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) partnered with the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, The Defender Association, the ACLU, the Seattle City Attorney's Office, the Office of the Mayor, the King County Executive's Office and the Belltown community leaders to launch LEAD -- Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion -- a new and innovative approach to manage and more effectively deal with low-level drug addicts, dealers and prostitutes who otherwise revolve through King County's jail and criminal justice system.
King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg
with LEAD community Partners in 2011.
Over the past three years, the program has diverted 250 individuals away from repeated arrests and bookings into the county jail, a process that is both expensive and time consuming for law enforcement. Instead, officers can refer an individual to the LEAD program, in order to break the cycle of repeated arrests and incarceration by offering low-level offenders an opportunity to participate in a privately-funded four-year pilot program through Evergreen Treatment Services. The effective program is at the center of LEAD and offers treatment, educational opportunities, housing assistance, and other services geared toward breaking the cycle of addiction and reliance on the low level exchange of drugs.
LEAD is only an option for low-level offenders. Police officers on the street, who are most familiar with the neighborhood and the individuals in it, will decide who will participate in the program. Learn more . . .
Senior DPA Receives Chief’s Award for Outstanding Work
L-R Seattle Police Captain Mike Edwards, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole,
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson, recipient of the Chief’s Award, and King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson received the Chief’s Award for her hard work and commitment on child exploitation cases. From SPD: “Cecelia Gregson has shown extraordinary dedication regarding the investigation and prosecution of child exploitation cases. She has worked tirelessly with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Chief O'Toole has given the Chief's Award to her for all of her hard work and commitment.”
PAO Receives 2014 Food Frenzy Award
The PAO won the competition in the Public Sector category for 2014 and has won in that category for the past nine years. In November, the PAO was recognized for its efforts and received the 2014 Food Frenzy Award. The PAO completed the two-week fundraising project in July, which raised $11,600 for Food Lifeline. The money will provide 46,400 meals for hungry children. Food Frenzy is a “friendly” competition between law, accounting and engineering firms with the goal of feeding children during the summer months when food bank shelves aren’t well stocked and school lunch programs aren’t running. Many thanks to the PAO’s Food Frenzy organizing committee.
Service Awards for PAO Employees
The following PAO Employees recently observed significant anniversaries in the office. We celebrate not just longevity, but significant contributions to the mission of the PAO and service to the people of King County.
Stephanie Alfaro Padgett
Dianna “DJ” Smith
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at:
University Beyond Bars Benefit Dinner
Eastside Business Roundtable Breakfast meeting
Kent Rotary Club meeting
Kent-Meridian Kiwanis Club.
If you would like to invite Dan or someone from the Prosecuting Attorney's Office to speak to your organization, please email the office at this link Prosecuting Attorney.