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December 1: 

Bail Hearing for Suspect in Metro Bus Shooting: A judge set bail this afternoon at $5 million for a 21-year-old man who is accused in the fatal shooting of a man on a Metro bus on Tuesday in Renton. After the shooting, the suspect then allegedly pointed the gun at the bus driver and demanded that he open the door. The bus stopped and the suspect fled on foot but was apprehended a short time later. The victim, a 27-year-old man, died from his injuries today. The suspect waived his appearance at this afternoon’s bail hearing. The suspect is scheduled for a second court appearance on Friday at the King County Jail.

Sentencing in Beacon Hill Murder: Sentencing will be held on December 2 for a 21-year-old man who pled guilty last month to Murder in the Second Degree with a firearm enhancement for the fatal shooting of a man on July 24 in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood. The defendant, Kenny Am, confronted the victim over an alleged financial debt. The defendant then shot the victim, Patrick Khamphouvong, 31, as he attempted to drive away. The defendant will be sentenced tomorrow at 1:45 p.m. before Judge John Chun in courtroom W-921 of the King County Courthouse. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 20 years in prison, which includes the firearm enhancement. The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutor Scott O’Toole.

November 21: 

Arraignment for Co-Defendant in Federal Way Fatal Shooting: Arraignment was held this morning for the second of two teenagers accused in the fatal shooting of Wesley Gennings, 16, in Federal Way in February. Earlier this month a judge ruled that the 15-year-old defendant, Diante Pellum, who was 14 at the time of the murder, will be tried as an adult. He was arraigned and pled not guilty at this morning’s hearing. Pellum and co-defendant Michael J. Rogers, 16, are each charged with Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. Rogers was charged as an adult in February under Washington State's automatic adult jurisdiction law, which allows for prosecution in adult court for 16 and 17-year-olds who are accused of serious, violent offenses. Both defendants are scheduled for a case setting hearing on November 28. They remain in custody with bail set at $1 million.  

November 16: 

Guilty Verdict in State v. Aaron Ybarra: A jury this morning found Aaron Ybarra, 29, guilty as charged in connection with a June 5, 2014 shooting at Seattle Pacific University that killed one student and injured two others. The jury found the defendant guilty on charges of Murder in the First Degree, three counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. Each charge includes a firearm enhancement and an aggravator because the shooting involved a destructive and foreseeable impact on persons other than the victim. Paul Lee, 19, was killed in the shooting. Two other students, Sarah Williams and Thomas Fowler, Jr., were wounded. Ybarra faces a sentence range of 88 to 111 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 27 at 1 p.m. before Judge James Rogers in courtroom E-733 of the King County Courthouse. The case is being handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Kristin Richardson.  

Community & Speaking Events

Dan Satterberg enjoys attending and speaking at community events.

Dan recently spoke at:

  • Choices Program at Sylvester Middle School

  • Public Defender Conference at Seattle University

  • 180 Program Fundraiser

  • Retired Public Employees Council Meeting

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.

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