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May 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Man pleads guilty to 2009 West Seattle homicide

The last of four defendants charged with fatally shooting Steve Bushaw in 2009 pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree rendering criminal assistance, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Brandon Chaney, 33, was tried last summer, but a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, prompting King County prosecutors to seek to retry him before he entered the pleas. Chaney faces a sentencing range of five years to just under six years in prison when he is sentenced May 10.

Bushaw, a Seattle longshoreman, met a man named Bryce Huber at work and Bushaw began buying, then reselling, small amounts of marijuana from him, according to charging documents filed in King County Superior Court. In late 2008, Huber introduced Bushaw to a Seattle drug dealer.

On Jan. 19, 2009, three men forced their way into the dealer’s house, pistol-whipped him and threatened to kill him. The dealer wrongly believed Bushaw was responsible.

Prosecutors said Huber and Chaney enlisted the help of gunmen Danny E. O’Neal Jr. and John Sylve, who shot Bushaw after Huber lured him to a West Seattle pizzeria on Feb. 1, 2009. Chaney drove the gunmen to and from the scene, prosecutors said.

Huber, 30, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 32 years in prison. Sylve, 34, and O’Neal, Jr., 30, each pleaded guilty in 2011 to second-degree murder.

Sylve was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and O’Neal got 15 years 

 

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