A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she tried to get him to leave her Kent apartment nearly two years ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shawn D. Gulseth faces a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence at the high end of the range.
Gulseth, 43, killed his ex-girlfriend, Bonnie Peterson, inside her apartment on Dec. 20, 2011, after she tried to get him to leave, according to charging documents.
After the slaying, Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray and one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment, the documents say.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work the next day, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents.
Gulseth was arrested about three weeks later when he was found camping under a bridge near Willits, Calif., a town of approximately 5,000 people that’s roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Gulseth, 40, has prior convictions for second-degree robbery, eluding police, drug possession, theft and criminal trespassing.
In 2005, Seattle police arrested Gulseth for stealing a police car, crashing the cruiser and punching two officers — all while he was handcuffed.