King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 2:45 p.m. March 10
Arraignment for defendant charged in Renton area homicide: Arraignment was held this morning for Steven M. Marshall, who is charged with Murder in the Second Degree in connection with the alleged shooting death of a Ryan Prince, 27, in the Lake Desire area near Renton on February 17. The defendant entered a not guilty plea to the charge. Marshall, 34, remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. A case setting hearing is scheduled for March 24 at 1 p.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Charge filed in West Seattle homicide: A charge of Murder in the First Degree was filed yesterday against Jose Gonzalez-Leos, 20, who is accused in the December 2013 murder of Nga Nguyen in West Seattle. Nguyen, 46, was found deceased in her home on December 14. If convicted as charged, the sentence range for Gonzalez-Leos is 20 to 26 years in prison. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $2 million. Arraignment is scheduled for March 19 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 at the King County Courthouse.
Charges filed in Greenwood homicide: A charge of Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm Enhancement has been filed against Byron White,17, who is accused in the fatal shooting of David Peterson on February 23 in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. King County Prosecutors have charged him in adult court under a state law that provides for automatic adult prosecution for 16 and 17-year-old juveniles who commit serious violent offenses. White allegedly approached Peterson and tried to steal his cellphone. After a brief struggle, Peterson was able to keep control of the cellphone and the defendant walked away. When Peterson called 911 to report the robbery attempt, the defendant walked back to Peterson and confronted him. He then allegedly shot Peterson in the chest, took the victim’s cellphone and left. The defendant was arrested last weekend at SeaTac airport before he could board a flight to Atlanta.
Prosecutors also charged the defendant with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, based on his age, and Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree. The sentence range, which includes the firearm enhancement, is 27 to 35 years in prison. The defendant remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. He will be arraigned on March 17 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Just the Facts: The Juvenile Justice System
As state legislators gathered in Olympia in January, several law makers proposed a bill that would call for a systemic review of our juvenile justice system. Senate Bill 6390 would create a statewide task force to conduct an in-depth examination of all aspects of the system we have designed to hold children under 18 years of age accountable for their criminal conduct. We support a review of our system – the last major legislation impacting juvenile law was 17 years ago – but it is important to understand how far we have already come in the use of our juvenile court to deliver rehabilitative services, and how dramatic a reduction in caseloads that we have seen statewide.
Caseloads Down 50 Percent; Only 8 Percent of Cases Go To JRA
Widespread change has already come to our juvenile justice system over the past decade. In 2003, Washington State Juvenile Courts ordered 15,313 “dispositions” (a juvenile court term used for criminal sentences). In 2013, those same courts entered 7,685 dispositions against juvenile offenders. That is a 50 percent drop in criminal sentences imposed on juvenile offenders in ten years. Although juvenile offenders are charged with crimes under the same state laws as adults, the courts, defense attorneys and prosecutors recognize that the vast majority of juveniles are first-time offenders who may be at a crossroads in their young lives. In fact, last year, eighty percent of all juveniles in the system were first-time offenders.
Moreover, 96 percent of offenses charged in juvenile court are non-violent offenses. At sentencing, 92 percent of all juveniles are given “local sanctions,” meaning they serve their sentence in the county where they live, as opposed to the 8 percent of offenders who are sent to the State Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) for a more extended sentence where more intensive rehabilitative services are available. As a result, the vast majority of juvenile offenders remain in the community where they first ran into trouble with the law. Because they will remain in their homes, schools and communities, prosecutors and courts have sought new solutions and intervention strategies to be applied locally.
Learn more about the Juvenile Justice System . . .
Remembering a Peaceful Protest that Led to the Creation of El Centro de la Raza
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg dedicated a photo of Larry Gossett and Roberto Maestas last month at the Hall of Justice in the King County Prosecutor’s Office. The 1972 Seattle Times photo shows Gossett and Maestas just before a take-over of the Seattle City Council Chambers. Their act of civil disobedience helped lead the way to the creation of El Centro de la Raza at an abandoned Beacon Hill school. Maestas and Gossett were both leading advocates for social justice.
King County Councilmember Gossett has been on the King County Council since 1993. Maestas was the director of El Centro de la Raza for over three decades. Maestas passed away in 2010. Satterberg purchased a copy of the photo at auction and wanted to display it at the Prosecutor’s Office. Before the dedication, Gossett met with Satterberg and PAO staff and told the history of the event and their successful movement at establishing El Centro de la Raza.
King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and Dan Satterberg.
Satterberg Delivers State of the PAO Address
In January, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg gave his annual State of the Prosecutor’s Office address. In his remarks, he spoke of the work of the office, highlighted new initiatives over the past year and provided insights on what’s to come in 2014. King County Television covered the speech. To view Dan’s State of the PAO address, go to the attached link:
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