Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Nooksack tribal member pleads guilty to ax murder during burglary

A member of the Nooksack Tribe has pleaded guilty in federal court to second-degree murder for killing a 68-year-old man with an ax during a burglary last October.

Levi Eugene Charles, 26, admitted that he killed Sauk-Suiattle Tribal member Kenneth Joseph Oct. 23, 2012, after Joseph awoke while Charles was burglarizing his house on the Lummi reservation. Charles said he beat Joseph unconscious with a miniature baseball bat he had found at the home, and then struck him in the head and face with an ax, killing him.

Federal prosecutors say Charles threw a blanket over the body and then hung blankets on the windows in an effort to hide the crime. He stole a television and other items, but abandoned the TV at the end Joseph’s driveway. He allegedused used Joseph’s debit card to withdraw $420 from his banking account. Charles was arrested on Oct. 29, 2012.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the government and Charles’ attorneys have agreed to seek a sentence of between 22 and 27 years in prison when Charles is sentenced on August 2, 2013.  U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones in Seattle is not bound by the recommendation and can impose any sentence up to the maximum allowed by law: a life prison term.

Charles was prosecuted in U.S. District Court because the crime occurred on sovereign tribal land where state law enforcement has no jurisdiction.

 

 

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►