King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 1:45 p.m. January 29
Today's Arraignment Postponed for Defendant Charged in Robbery/Stabbing in Renton: A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a man who is accused of cutting a clerk’s throat during a robbery at a video game store in Renton on January 14. The defendant, Darren Gayles, 44, is charged with Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. He allegedly held a knife to the woman’s throat, forced her to open the cash drawer and then cut her throat. He then stole cash from the cash drawer and fled. Bail is set at $1 million. The defendant is scheduled for a competency hearing on February 18 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom GA of the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Sentencing for Defendant Convicted in Shooting Outside a Federal Way Bar: A Federal Way man was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 70 years in prison 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 last month of Murder in the Second Degree and four counts of Assault in the First Degree with firearm enhancements after a bench trial before Judge Bill Bowman. 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, faced a range of approximately 70 to 88 years in prison, which included 25 years of firearm sentencing enhancements. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Berliner and Deputy Prosecutor Brian Wynne.
Arraignment for Defendant in Gas Station Stabbing: Arraignment was held this morning for a man charged in connection with a brutal stabbing and robbery of a gas-station clerk in Georgetown on January 1. The defendant, Craig Anthony Jackson, 58, was arraigned and entered a not guilty plea. A co-defendant, Harold Eugene Lang, 47, was arraigned yesterday. They are each charged with Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. Each charge includes a deadly weapon sentencing enhancement. Jackson allegedly jumped over the counter and began stabbing the 65-year-old victim, Kashmir Sangha. The victim suffered stab wounds to his head, face, chest, back and both eyes and is now permanently blind. Lang allegedly ripped the cash drawer from the cash register before both men fled. The defendants remain in jail with bail set at $1 million for Jackson and $500,000 for Lang. A case setting hearing is scheduled for February 12 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Arraignment for Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of his Father near Redmond: A 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting his father on January 9 near Redmond was arraigned this morning and entered a not guilty plea to charges of Murder in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. The defendant, Mark Karasek remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. A case setting hearing scheduled for February 9 at 1 p.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
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.