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February 28, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Man gets 19 years for killing cousin in Auburn on Christmas Eve 2012

A man was sentenced to 19 years in prison this afternoon for fatally stabbing his cousin on Christmas Eve 2012 in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Bradley Courville, 26, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement in December, faced a range of 15 to 23 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.

Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, 2012, Auburn police found the victim, Quinn Oliver, 26, dead at a home in the 4000 block of Auburn Way South. A woman at the residence told officers that before Oliver died, he staggered inside and said that “Red Cloud” had stabbed him.

“Red Cloud” is Courville’s nickname, according to prosecutors.

Soon after the woman explained this to police, Courville emerged from some nearby bushes and identified himself to officers, according to charging documents.

When talking with police, Courville said he was experiencing a “spiritual” moment before the slaying and grabbed a butcher knife, charges said. Courville told officers that Oliver called him a name and he reacted by stabbing the man in the neck. Courville said that after the stabbing he hid in the bushes.

During his interview at the Auburn Police Department, Courville threw coffee on Officer James Hamil and tried to leave, turning off the interview room lights, according to the charges. Hamil and Courville got into physical fight, and Courville was able to get a hold of the officer’s gun.

Hamil managed to get the gun back. Several detectives responded and after another struggle, Courville was formally arrested, the charges said.

Courville’s prior criminal history includes convictions for second-degree robbery, fourth-degree domestic violence and unlawful display of a weapon.

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