WENATCHEE — A manslaughter trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Wenatchee for a man accused of killing a passer-by who offered to help him with a disabled van.
Chelan County Prosecutor Gary Riesen said he’ll seek an exceptional sentence under the “Good Samaritan Law” if 51-year-old Juan Manuel Gonzalez-Gonzalez is convicted.
Witnesses said Gonzalez’s van had broken down last June on a Wenatchee street and Jose Guadalupe Garcia-Sevilla walked up. Police say Gonzalez shook Garcia’s hand then punched him in the head. He fell to the ground and suffered a fatal skull fracture.
The Wenatchee World reported that Gonzalez also is charged with assault involving a police officer who arrived.