Topic: King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
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December 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his girlfriend before fleeing to Northern California three years ago was sentenced today to just over 35 years in prison.
Shawn Gulseth, 43, was found living under a bridge in a small town 200 miles north of San Francisco. He killed Bonnie Peterson, 45, in her Kent apartment on Dec. 20, 2010.
Originally charged with first-degree murder, Gulseth pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, with the charge carrying aggravators for domestic violence and Gulseth’s use of a deadly weapon, court records show.
After killing Peterson in her apartment at 25811 110th Ave. S.E., Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape, police said at the time. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray, one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work on Dec. 21, 2010, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body, according to charging papers. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents. Peterson was trying to end her relationship with Gulseth when she was killed.
After the California Highway Patrol received a police bulletin indicating Gulseth was wanted on a $1.5 million warrant and might be hiding out in the town of Willits, a California Highway Patrol officer located and positively identified Gulseth based on the distinctive tattoos on his body.
December 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM
A man pleaded guilty yesterday to fatally stabbing his cousin last Christmas Eve in Auburn, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Bradley Courville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly-weapon enhancement. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for assaulting an Auburn police officer.
The 25-year-old Courville, who goes by the nickname “Red Cloud,” faces a range of 15 to 23 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jan. 10.
Around 1:18 a.m. Dec. 24, 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.
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.
December 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM
A self-proclaimed “pirate” accused of stealing the Victoria Clipper on Sunday was charged today in King County Superior Court with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree malicious mischief.
Samuel Kenneth McDonough, 34, of Preston, is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail for a crime spree that was called ”spectacularly reckless and deadly perilous” by Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith.
“Apparently on a whim as a birthday present to himself, McDonough took control of an $8 million, 480-ton, 132-foot passenger cruise vessel and ripped it from the dock at the Seattle waterfront in the predawn darkness,” Ith wrote in charging documents.
“When contacted by police SWAT-team officers while adrift in Elliot (sic) Bay, Mr. McDonough proclaimed himself a pirate, and said he had intended to flee the country to Victoria, B.C.”
Ith wrote that McDonough later told authorities that he “sought passage to West Seattle.” McDonough also told police that his name was “Zero” and asked officers to bring a woman to the ship “because he was lonely,” according to police.
According to the document of probable cause, and an official with Victoria Clipper, McDonough snaked through a very small hole in a security fence at Seattle’s Pier 69, where the Clipper docks its vessels, partially untied one of the boats and managed to start the vessel Sunday morning.
Darrell Bryan, CEO of Victoria Clipper, called for help when he saw that the Clipper IV was missing from its slot and appeared to be headed toward Harbor Island.
McDonough was arrested without incident by a police SWAT team that boarded the Clipper IV.
December 3, 2013 at 6:03 PM
A Renton man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after authorities say he killed a 26-year-old woman because he believed she had damaged his car.
Jowanna Gooden, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was found dead near the Burke-Gilman Trail, in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, on Oct. 4.
Uriel Boyd has been held in lieu of $1 million bail since his arrest on Nov. 26.
According to the charges:
On the night of Oct. 3, Boyd, who also goes by the name “Duane,” was seen by a witness talking to Gooden at the R-Bar & Grill on 116th Avenue Southeast in Renton.
Detectives got a search warrant for Boyd’s phone records and determined that he received a phone call at 10:55 p.m. on Oct. 3 while near the 4000 block of Bagley Avenue North, which is about five blocks from where Gooden’s body was found. Officers found a single 9 mm shell casing near her feet, as well as a nearly empty can of 211 Steel Reserve beer nearby, the charges allege.
Detectives found the same brand of beer in Gooden’s apartment, along with a pizza she’d purchased within hours of her death.
Police say Boyd drove Gooden to Seattle and they argued after Boyd accused her of damaging his Ford Crown Victoria, the charges say. According to police, Boyd claimed he brandished a 9 mm gun to scare Gooden and the gun went off as he pointed it at her from less than two feet away, the charges allege.
November 22, 2013 at 3:04 PM
A Seattle man with an obvious passion for football has been transferred from prison to the King County Jail on Friday to face charges that he caused another inmate’s broken arm after that man changed channels on a jail TV during halftime of a football game.
Cedric Cureaux, 48, who has a long criminal history in Washington and California, was being held in the King County Jail on drug and escape charges on Sept. 14, the day of the alleged incident, according to second-degree assault charges filed last week by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty to the drug and escape charges on Sept. 23 and was later transferred to the custody of the state Department of Corrections to begin serving a yearlong prison sentence, court records show.
According to charging documents, Cureaux had warned other inmates housed in his jail unit on Sept. 13 — a Friday — “that they were going to watch football all weekend,” and he “didn’t care if anyone got hurt if they changed the TV from football.”
Sure enough, the following afternoon the TV in the jail unit was tuned to a football game, say charging papers. During a halftime commercial break, a 51-year-old inmate changed the channel to a news program; Cureaux changed the channel back to football. The other inmate then switched the TV back to the news, the papers say.
That’s when Cureaux allegedly “hit him with open palms on the chest” in a gesture “like a push but with enough force to cause his body to rotate as he was knocked out of his shoes and fell to the ground,” according to the charging documents. The inmate put out his right arm to break his fall, and ended up with a broken arm and wrist, the papers say.
The injured inmate was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where pins were inserted into his wrist and his arm was put in a cast, the papers say.
Immediately after the incident, a jail officer saw that Cureaux was packing up his belongings in anticipation of being transferred to the predisciplinary housing unit on the jail’s 11th floor, according to the papers.
“Due to the jail culture,” several inmates who witnessed the alleged assault refused to say anything about it, but one man later told jail officials that Cureaux had threatened other inmates in the unit if they talked, charging papers say.
Because of his criminal history, Cureaux faces a potential prison sentence of five to seven years if convicted of second-degree assault, the papers say.
November 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM
A Kirkland woman who was under the influence of alcohol and a prescription drug when her minivan collided head-on with a car occupied by four people, killing an elderly woman, was sentenced this afternoon to nearly 11 years in prison.
Kelly Ann Hudson, 43, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving in September. In her plea deal, she admitted she had been drinking and had taken medication before the Aug. 7, 2012, crash that killed Joyce Parsons, 81.
“I don’t even know how to say I’m sorry enough,” a tearful Hudson said in King County Superior Court before she was sentenced to 130 months in prison.
Kirkland police say Hudson was driving south in the 12000 block of Juanita Drive Northeast when she crossed the center line just before 9 p.m. and collided with a northbound car. Just before the crash, Kirkland police received a 911 call from a witness who was following Hudson’s van, concerned that the driver was impaired, police said.
The emergency dispatch center was still on the line with the caller when the collision occurred.
Parsons was killed and the three other occupants of the car, Arthur Kamm, Jenny Grieshaber and Daniel J. Grieshaber, were critically injured, police and prosecutors said. During today’s sentencing hearing, a video tribute to Parsons was played in the courtroom.
Hudson was the second person to be charged in King County since increased sentence ranges for vehicular-homicide DUI went into effect in June 2012. Under the new law, the standard-range sentence increased from 31-41 months to 78-102 months, making it equal to the range for first-degree manslaughter.
November 21, 2013 at 10:42 AM
The man suspected of shooting two men outside the Muckleshoot Casino late Saturday night has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, both with firearms enhancements.
Antonio F. Castro, 63, of Renton, remains in the King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 2 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
According to Auburn police, the shooting stemmed from a confrontation between Castro and two men in the parking lot of the Auburn casino. Police say Castro and his wife were driving through the parking lot when they were confronted by the two men who were walking near their car.
According to police, the two men taunted Castro, who responded by showing them he was armed with a 9 mm handgun. The taunting reportedly continued and at one point, Castro allegedly stopped his car, got out and opened fire.
The men ran off and Castro chased them, according to police. Police said he found one man hiding in a bush and shot him in the throat and upper back. He then shot the second man in the chest, according to police.
Both men survived.
November 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM
A Seattle man who used “charm, intimidation and violence” to coerce girls and young women into working as prostitutes was sentenced last week to 35 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
A King County jury in September convicted Shacon Barbee of two counts each of promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree promoting prostitution, one count of leading organized crime, two counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft. Although the standard sentence range was 20 to 26 years, prosecutors recommended a 35-year exceptional sentence because of the “ongoing pattern of sexual exploitation of the minor victim and because of the defendant’s extensive criminal history,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
Barbee, 34, is a Level III sex offender who has a long criminal history, including convictions for second-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, according to court records.
Barbee was arrested in December 2010. Charging documents alleged that since 2007, Barbee had led an “organized criminal enterprise” in which he used “charm, intimidation and violence to recruit and manage females.” Prosecutors and police said he forced three young women into working as prostitutes and then pocketing all of the money they earned. On most days, each woman earned more than $1,000 working as a prostitute, prosecutors say. (more…)
November 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
A man who fatally stabbed his ex-girlfriend when she tried to get him to leave her Kent apartment nearly two years ago pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Shawn D. Gulseth faces a sentence range of 26 to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 6 in King County Superior Court. Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence at the high end of the range.
Gulseth, 43, killed his ex-girlfriend, Bonnie Peterson, inside her apartment on Dec. 20, 2011, after she tried to get him to leave, according to charging documents.
After the slaying, Gulseth allegedly tried to get into cars on nearby Kent Kangley Road in an apparent attempt to escape. Surveillance video from a bank on Kent Kangley Road showed Gulseth wearing mismatched shoes, one gray and one white and black; police found the matches for the shoes near Peterson’s body in her apartment, the documents say.
When Peterson, 45, didn’t show up for work the next day, friends went to check on her and called 911 after finding her body. Bloody fingerprints that were matched to Gulseth also were found in her apartment, according to the documents.
Gulseth was arrested about three weeks later when he was found camping under a bridge near Willits, Calif., a town of approximately 5,000 people that’s roughly 200 miles north of San Francisco.
Gulseth, 40, has prior convictions for second-degree robbery, eluding police, drug possession, theft and criminal trespassing.
In 2005, Seattle police arrested Gulseth for stealing a police car, crashing the cruiser and punching two officers — all while he was handcuffed.
November 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM
A 14-year-old boy accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in Kent last Thursday was charged today with first-degree rape and first-degree child rape.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is also seeking an alternate charge of second-degree rape. Prosecutors want to try the boy in adult court rather than juvenile court, which required a hearing before a judge to make that determination, according to charging documents.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the boy, he “went to the place where the victim was,” then under “false pretenses” had her come outside so he could “show her a surprise.” Police say the boy later claimed he had consensual sex with the girl, whom he thought was 11, but struck her twice in the face when she said she was going to call police, the statement says.
The victim, wearing only a shirt and socks, went to the Red Lion Inn & Suites on 74th Avenue South seeking help after the attack. The girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. The girl suffered a concussion, abrasions and may have been beaten unconscious.
The boy was arrested at a house near where the attack occurred, according to the probable-cause statement.
The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he is a juvenile.
The boy is the younger brother of Chrisean Cressel, who was 15 when he raped two teenagers on consecutive nights in October 2011, according to King County prosecutors. The brothers have different last names.
Cressel is now serving an indeterminate prison sentence of 20 years to life.
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