King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 9:15 a.m. August 28
Sentencing for Defendant in 2013 Murder in West Seattle: A Seattle man will be sentenced on August 28 for the December 2013 murder of his ex-girlfriend’s mother in West Seattle. The defendant, Jose Gonzalez-Leos, 21, pled guilty in June to a charge of Murder in the First Degree. He faces a sentence range of 20 to 26 years in prison. Gonzalez-Leos beat and strangled the victim, Nga Nguyen, and then hid her body in the bedroom closet of her West Seattle home. Nguyen’s daughter had broken up with Gonzalez-Leos some time prior to the murder, but the defendant continued to show up uninvited at Nguyen’s home which she shared with her daughter. Gonzalez-Leos entered the apartment through a second-story window and confronted the victim. DNA testing helped solve the murder. Today’s sentencing is set for 1 p.m. before Judge Mary Roberts in courtroom W-905 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Julie Kline.
Charges Filed in Fatal Beating Under Magnolia Bridge: A charge of Murder in the Second Degree was filed this morning against Allen Robert Pulphus, who is accused in the fatal beating of a woman in a tent under the Magnolia Bridge on August 24. Pulphus, 52, is also charged with Assault in the First Degree for attacking and seriously injuring the woman’s husband. The victims were inside their tent at a small homeless encampment when the defendant walked up and allegedly attacked them with a wood and metal stick. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $500,000. He will be arraigned on September 10 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Arraignment in Fatal Skyway Shooting: Arraignment was held this morning for two Renton brothers who have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Skyway on August 12. Prosecutors charged Marque Fluker, 23, with Murder in the Second Degree for the alleged fatal shooting of the victim, 21-year-old Le-Maun Lancaster, after a dispute in the parking lot of a Skyway grocery store. The defendant’s brother, Jerry Fluker, 27, is charged with one count of Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree for allegedly helping him flee the scene. The defendants were arraigned and entered not guilty pleas. Both remain in custody with bail set at $2 million for Marque Fluker and $500,000 for Jerry Fluker. A case setting hearing is scheduled for September 10 in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Charge Filed in Fatal Shooting in South Seattle: A charge of Murder in the First Degree with a firearm enhancement was filed today against a 20-year-old man who was arrested on investigation of homicide in connection with a fatal shooting in South Seattle on July 31. The defendant, Mohamed A. Omar, is accused in the murder of 20-year-old Zakariya Issa. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. Arraignment is scheduled for August 31 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Bail Hearing for Suspect in Bellevue Crash and Attempted Carjackings: A judge this afternoon set bail at $100,000 for a 32-year-old man who allegedly crashed his car into seven vehicles and attempted to carjack three other vehicles in Bellevue yesterday. The suspect was subdued by multiple bystanders who held him down until police arrived. The suspect waived his court appearance at this afternoon’s bail hearing. A second appearance is scheduled for August 18 at 2:30 p.m. in courtroom 1 at the King County Jail.
Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder for Injecting 4-year-old Son with Heroin: A Redmond man pled guilty this afternoon to Attempted Murder in the First Degree for attempting to kill his 4-year-old son in 2013 by injecting him with heroin. The defendant, Eric E. Lehtinen, 39, will face a sentence range of 15 to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 20 years in prison. Lehtinen is currently scheduled for sentencing on September 4 before Judge Mary Roberts in courtroom W-905 of the King County Courthouse. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Don Raz and Deputy Prosecutor Ben Gauen.
New Approach Regarding Youth who Commit Violence in the Home
Pictured at right are Stephanie Trollen,
Juvenile Section Supervisor, and
Jimmy Hung, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney,
who are organizing the FIRS program.
The King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO), in partnership with King County Superior Court and the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, plans to launch FIRS (Family Intervention and Restorative Services), a new juvenile diversion program geared to provide services to families who are struggling with domestic violence (DV). Unlike adult court, juvenile DV rarely involves intimate partner violence. Instead, the vast majority of cases in juvenile court involve youth acting out against their parents or siblings at a misdemeanor level. Many of these youth struggle with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Juvenile DV cases are referred to the PAO typically after families, in a moment of crisis, call police. Although families look to the juvenile justice system for help, almost none of them want their children to end up with a criminal record. Approximately 40 percent of juvenile DV referrals result in declines because families routinely decline to assist or participate in the formal court system for this reason.
Under the current juvenile justice model, families in crisis receive services only after their child has been arrested or formally charged. The PAO plans to implement FIRS, a new program that will offer families services at the time of crisis and keep youth out of the juvenile justice system.
FIRS is modeled after Pima County, Arizona’s Domestic Violence Alternative Center, where that jurisdiction has seen its juvenile DV bookings plummet from over 1,000 youth annually to just 82 in 2012.
Learn more . . .
PAO's Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit Featured on King County TV
In response to the rapidly increasing elderly population in King County, and to increases in crimes against vulnerable adults, the PAO has a unit trained to address the special circumstances inherent in these cases. The Elder Abuse team, which is staffed by Senior DPAs Page Ulrey and Amanda Froh, and paralegal Tara Longen, addresses the abuse of vulnerable adults, a population that includes disabled adults as well as the elderly.
The goals are three-fold: to prosecute cases of neglect, financial exploitation and sexual assault of the elderly and disabled; to work collaboratively with police, social service agencies, and medical professionals to improve the referral, investigation, and, ultimately, prosecution of cases of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults; and, to provide training to first responders so they can better recognize and react to such cases.
King County TV recently highlighted the work of the Elder Abuse Unit.
New Legislation to Help Inmates Reentering Society
Dan Satterberg is working with Rep. Brady Walkinshaw (D-43rd) and Columbia Legal Services on ESHB 1553, the “CROP” bill. CROP stands for “Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity,” and creates a process whereby someone who has been convicted of a crime and who has complied with all parts of the sentence can petition the court for a certificate that proves they have paid their debt to society. Once a person has obtained a CROP, they can apply for one of over 90 professional occupational licenses that they would otherwise be barred from seeking due to their conviction. Learn more . . .
The Marshall Project Features Case of Local Man Exonerated in Robbery
The Marshall Project, a journalism website devoted to examining criminal justice issues, recently asked Chief Criminal Deputy Mark Larson to write about an exoneration of a King County man convicted in a 2004 home invasion robbery. Larson, who reviews all innocence claims for the PAO, provided the following thoughtful account of the case of Brandon Olebar, and that the duty of a prosecutor is not just to win cases, but to seek justice.
Community & Speaking Events
Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.
Dan recently spoke at the following:
- Choices Presentation at Sylvester Middle School
- Stolen Youth Town Hall
- Emerald City Rotary
- Kennedy High School
- Seattle U Law School, Future Prosecutors for Social Justice
- APIChaya Candlelight Vigil for Victims of 1995 Courthouse Shooting
- 5th Annual Public Defense Conference
- TedX Conference at the Women’s Correctional Center in Purdy
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.
Dan Satterberg was invited to speak at the TedX conference held in March at the Women’s Correctional Center in Purdy. A number of the incarcerated women gave powerful speeches about insights in their lives. The speeches will be available on the internet soon, and linked in the next edition of the Prosecutor’s Post.