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June 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Suspect in Federal Way shootout ordered held

A King County judge this afternoon has found probable cause to hold the man suspected of fatally shooting another man outside a Federal Way bar during a shootout yesterday morning.

Kenneth Sutton, 21, was arrested for investigation of second-degree murder and first-degree assault after he showed up at a hospital seeking treatment for a gunshot wound, according to Federal Way police. The deadline for filing charges is tomorrow.

He is being held without bail.

Police believe several people opened fire outside Johnny’s Famous Grill and Bar, 2318 S.W. 336th St., just before the 2 a.m. closing. One man, Cloise Young, 23, was killed and six others, including Sutton, were wounded.

Sutton, has prior criminal convictions for second-degree promoting prostitution, assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, obstruction and malicious mischief, according to a 2010 filing by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

In 2010, Sutton was charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly pimping out young girls. He eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree promoting prostitution as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutors.

Sutton was sentenced to a year in jail and has been on supervision by the state Department of Corrections (DOC) since his release from prison in January 2011.

It’s unclear why Sutton’s jail sentence was shortened.

DOC spokeswoman Maria Peterson said Sutton has violated the terms of his probation four times since his release.

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