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The Today File

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January 28, 2015 at 6:04 PM

Man sentenced to nearly 70 years for fatal Federal Way shooting

A man was sentenced to nearly 70 years in prison Wednesday for opening fire outside a Federal Way bar in 2012 and killing one man and wounding four other people, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Kenneth M. Sutton Jr., 23, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree assault with firearm enhancements and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to the charges, Sutton and Cloise Young, 23, of Kent, got into “a heated argument” outside Johnny’s Famous Grill and Bar just before 2 a.m. on June 27, 2012, when Sutton allegedly pulled a handgun from his waistband and started shooting. The fight reportedly began after Sutton, of Federal Way, threw up gang signs.

Young died at the scene and five other people, including Sutton, were injured by gunfire. Those wounded by Sutton included two men and two women.

Two  people identified Sutton as the shooter from a photo montage, according to the charges. Around 3:30 a.m., police found Sutton at Valley Medical Center, where he and a companion had gone to be treated for minor gunshot wounds.

Sutton, a felon, had been released from about a month earlier after serving about a month for violating conditions of his community supervision and failing to appear in court on other charges, jail records show.

He has previous criminal convictions for second-degree promoting prostitution, assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, obstruction and malicious mischief, according to a 2010 filing by the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

In 2010, Sutton was charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly pimping out young girls. He eventually pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree promoting prostitution as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutors.

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