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December 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

‘Tuba Man’ killer pleads guilty to Bellevue nightclub slaying

Ja' Mari Alexander Jones, 21, pleads guilty to second degree murder for the fatal shooting in a Bellevue lounge on Christmas Eve of 2012. With him is his attorney, Julie Gaisford. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Ja’ Mari Alexander Jones, 21, pleads guilty to second degree murder for the fatal shooting in a Bellevue lounge on Christmas Eve of 2012. With him is his attorney, Julie Gaisford. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

A man who was convicted as a teenager of killing street musician Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to an unrelated fatal shooting in Bellevue on Christmas Eve 2012.

Ja’Mari Alexander-Alan Jones, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing DeShawn Milliken in the Mirror Lounge at Munchbar, a restaurant/bar in Bellevue Square. The King County Prosecutor’s Office plans to recommend an 18-year prison term when he is sentenced on Jan. 9

Milliken, 30, of Renton, was fatally shot just after 1 a.m. during an altercation in the lounge, which was crowded with hundreds of people celebrating a Seahawks‘ win against the San Francisco 49ers the day before.

Security video footage from the bar showed Jones talking with a man near Milliken and his sister, according to the court papers. Milliken seemed to recognize Jones and tackled him. Destiny Milliken appeared to fight with the other man, Michael Cheatham, who had entered the bar with Jones.

About 8 seconds later, DeShawn Milliken turned away from Jones, but was then tackled by Cheatham.

Jones then pulled out a handgun, pointed it at DeShawn Milliken and fired at least five shots, according to charging papers.

Milliken was a former Garfield High School homecoming king, student-body vice president, football star and honor student.

The homicide prompted Kemper Freeman Jr., developer of Bellevue Square, to close down Munchbar.

Jones was one of three youths who pleaded guilty in April 2009 to manslaughter in the death of 53-year-old Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, who was  beaten during an October 2008 robbery near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries. Jones was 16 at the time.

Jones, Billy Chambers and Kenneth Kelly served time in Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration detention for McMichael’s death. Because no witnesses came forward after McMichael’s death, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said, his office was forced to charge the three teens as juveniles instead of seeking to have them charged as adults, which would have meant longer sentences.

Chambers is serving a six-year sentence in federal prison on a firearms charge unrelated to the McMichael slaying.

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