Everett man sentenced in death

EVERETT — An Everett man who fatally shot another man last year told a judge Thursday that he planned to get an education in prison and come out a better man for the benefit of his children and the rest of society.

Anthony Devera, 22, apologized to the family of Pavel Datskiy before being sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison.

Datskiy, 24, of Lynnwood was found with a single gunshot wound to the chest on Jan. 19, 2011 inside a south Everett condominium.

Devera was on the run for more than a month before he surrendered to Everett police.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Larry McKeeman concluded that Devera’s flight from justice was reason enough to give him a mid-range sentence. Prosecutors had asked for the high end of 8 1/2-years.

Devera had pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors initially charged Devera with second-degree murder. He was allowed to plead guilty to the manslaughter charge after it became apparent that he had a viable self-defense claim if the case went to trial.

Additionally, detectives had problems locating witnesses for the prosecutor.

Datskiy’s mother and sister agreed to the plea. They were not at Thursday’s hearing.

Devera didn’t have any prior felony convictions before the shooting.

He admitted he had drugs with him when he went to a party at a condominium on W. Casino Road. Witness later recounted that Devera and the victim had been using heroin and drinking during the party.

Most of the other partygoers left but Devera and Datskiy remained overnight.

Devera later claimed that Datskiy threatened him. He said he thought he was going to be robbed so he shot Datskiy once, according to court papers.

The victim was found upright on a sofa with a gunshot wound to his chest. Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Adam Cornell maintained that Datskiy had been unarmed and likely incapacitated because of alcohol and drug use.

Defense attorney Mark Mestel argued that testimony from the medical examiner would have disputed that Datskiy was seated when he was shot. He also said that the crime scene likely had been tampered with by a witness before the man summoned help.

Devera said on Thursday that Datskiy wasn’t seated when he shot him. He said Datskiy backed him into a corner and he was forced to shoot him. He admitted his actions were excessive and he should have called 911 or fled instead of resorting to gunfire.

He added that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions. His chosen lifestyle had put him in that situation and he vowed to change his ways.

Devera said he wants to serve his time and come out a productive man who works, pays taxes and takes care of his family.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Everett district relents on eminent domain moving expenses

Homeowners near Bothell still must be out by April to make way for a planned new high school.

Their grown children died, but state law won’t let them sue

Families are seeking a change in the state’s limiting wrongful-death law.

Officials rule train-pedestrian death an accident

The 37-year-old man was trying to move off the tracks when the train hit him, police say.

Ex-Monroe cop re-arrested after losing sex crime case appeal

He was sentenced to 14 months in prison but was free while trying to get his conviction overturned.

Marysville hit-and-run leaves man with broken bones

The state patrol has asked for help solving an increasing number of hit-and-run cases in the state.

Everett man killed at bar had criminal history, gang ties

A bar employee reportedly shot Matalepuna Malu, 29, whose street name was “June Bug.”

Front Porch

EVENTS Autoharpist in Everett Folksinger, storyteller and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller returns… Continue reading

Shock from WSU suicide ripples through Snohomish County

Roughly 1 in 10 seniors, sophomores and 8th-graders said they had attempted to take their own lives.

$1,000 reward for info on who killed an eagle near Snohomish

After being shot, the raptor was treated at the Sarvey Wildlife Center but died overnight.

Most Read