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September 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

2 men plead guilty to violent Kirkland home invasion

Two men who attacked an 18-year-old man with knives during a vicious home-invasion in Kirkland last year have each pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, according to King County prosecutors.

Blessing Gainey, 21, pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday, while his co-defendant, Vincent “Vinny” Sisounong, 22, entered guilty pleas on Monday afternoon, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. Both charges carry deadly-weapon enhancements and prosecutors will recommend the men each serve just over 25 years in prison when they are sentenced Oct. 10, Donohoe said.

“Pleasure and greed” were the motives behind the random attack on the 18-year-old, who was staying in his parent’s home less than two miles from Sisounong’s apartment complex when he was dragged from bed and attacked with knives in the basement early on Oct. 12, according to charging papers.

Police say Sisounong wanted the victim to “fight for his life” and enjoyed harming him, while Gainey “fed off” the other man’s energy, according to charging papers.

Gainey was identified from fingerprints found in the victim’s bedroom and was arrested at a Burien library on Oct. 24. He identified Sisounong, who was arrested Oct. 25 at Green River Community College, as his co-defendant, the charges say. Knives and clothing stained with blood were later found in Sisounong’s apartment, according to the charges.

The victim, who was a stranger to his attackers, suffered deep cuts to his leg, shoulder and head and underwent surgery at Harborview Medical Center, the charges say.

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