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August 1, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Friday Memo: Nightclub arsonist sentenced … Beast Mode is back … Otter attack

Nightclub arsonist sentenced: The man who set a fire inside a crowded Capitol Hill nightclub on New Year’s Eve was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in a federal prison — double the amount of time agreed to by attorneys in the case. The judge didn’t buy Musab Mohammed Masmari’s claim that he had no recollection of torching Neighbours nightclub because he was blackout drunk. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez concluded Masmari had set the fire because the club’s patrons were gay, and said he would invoke his discretion to impose an exceptional sentence.

Beast is back: Marshawn Lynch’s extended summer vacation finally came to a close early Thursday afternoon when he ended his holdout after the Seahawks assured him of a little more money that he wasn’t necessarily guaranteed to receive. The team agreed to guarantee $1.5 million for this season that was previously slated as either roster bonuses, incentives, or money he would get in 2015 — allowing each side to claim some manner of victory.

Talk about wildlife: A river otter attacked an 8-year-old boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in the Pilchuck River at a park in Snohomish County on Thursday, sending both to the hospital. The boy’s mother, Tabitha Moser, told KING-TV that she saw the 4-foot otter attack her son Thursday morning at Lake Connor Park. She says her mother saved him.

Photobombing his way to freedom? In an unusual move to get a shorter sentence, convicted crack dealer Ali Abukar Mohamed submitted photos to King County Superior Court showing him posing with various city officials, including Mayor Ed Murray, Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole and City Attorney Pete Holmes. The photos are contained in a sentencing memo submitted before a court hearing Friday where Mohamed is facing a standard sentence of 8½ years. None of the officials knew what Mohamed was up to when he posed with them for the photos at various public functions in the city.

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