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Man who robbed Bothell bank on bike sentenced to 13 years

EVERETT — Maybe it was the movie he'd watched about a guy who gets shot by police. Or it could have been the TV commercial starring a hard-charging lawyer who vows to fight for wronged parents whose children have been taken away.Stephen Dowdney, 45, cited the movie and...

Date: 06/25/2016 | Local News


Woman who was 14 when she helped kill a man is denied clemency

OLYMPIA — A woman, who at 14 took part in a murder-for-hire plot in Everett, failed to convince the state's Clemency and Pardon Board that she should go free.The board, in a 3-1 vote last week, declined to recommend that Gov. Jay Inslee commute the rest of Marriam...

Date: 06/15/2016 | Local News


Man sentenced to 8 years for manslaughter in Sultan

EVERETT — David Magnett Jr. spoke to detectives for about two hours and 15 minutes after they caught up with him trying to cross the state line.It was in the last 15 minutes that Magnett, 49, finally confessed that he confronted Donald Hosier, 62, and killed the man.

Date: 06/13/2016 | Local News


More immigration fines for drywall company owner

WOODINVILLE — The owner of a Snohomish County drywall company forfeited $25,000 Thursday and must pay an additional $75,000 for employing illegal immigrants.

Date: 06/05/2016 | Local News


13 years for random shooter who forever altered victim’s life

EVERETT — He had tears on his cheeks before he even reached the front of the courtroom.His gait was unsteady, and he cradled his left hand. The 21-year-old man fears dying from a seizure. The bullet is still lodged in his skull. He wakes from nightmares. Loud noises startle him.

Date: 06/03/2016 | Local News


Mom admits to smoking meth in car with baby in backseat

EVERETT — More than a decade ago lawmakers in Olympia were grappling with how to protect children from homemade methamphetamine labs.Meth was being cooked in bathtubs and kitchen sinks across the...

Date: 06/02/2016 | Local News


'I'm not that kid anymore'

Life sentence set aside for man convicted of 1995 murder

Date: 06/01/2016 | Local News


Cough syrup defense

Attorney: Drinking Robitussin caused man to stab grandma

Date: 05/26/2016 | Local News


Jury finds Lake Stevens man guilty in son's self-shooting

LAKE STEVENS — A Lake Stevens man faces up to a year in jail for leaving a loaded gun within reach of his 3-year-old son. The boy climbed up on a bedroom dresser, retrieved his dad's pistol from the holster and

Date: 05/17/2016 | Local News


Keeping parolees on track

‘Swift and Certain’ policy reduces violations, gets offenders help

Date: 05/17/2016 | Local News


Teens who posted hateful online messages plead guilty to felony harassment

EVERETT — His parents couldn't protect the teenage boy from the hateful words, and the hurt that caused was there in their tears and their quavering voices.Her son is compassionate and kind, the woman told a Snohomish County Superior Court judge Monday. She and her...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Local News


Our two cents on county's proposed tax for criminal justice

It can be discouraging to read that about 75 percent of Snohomish County's operating budget goes to support the work of the county's criminal justice system: sheriff's deputies, prosecutors, public defenders, court staff, jail staff and everything in between.And, yes, now...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Editorials


We need more arrests and shorter sentences

In preparing for a White House conference this week, I've reviewed the recent data on the fight against crime. And it's depressing. For example, the share of violent crimes in the U.S. for which arrests are made is shockingly low — less than half in 2014, the FBI reports. For...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Commentary


Guilty plea, 1-year sentence for criminal mistreatment of elderly mother

EVERETT — A Marysville man tried to convince a judge that he was only following his 83-year-old mother’s wishes when he didn’t seek medical attention for her after a fall.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Local News


Marysville man gets 25 years for addiction-fueled homicide

EVERETT — A Marysville man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for murdering another man for his supply of prescription painkillers.Family members of the victim, Steven Steadman, 58, told...

Date: 04/26/2016 | Local News


Convicted murderer admits to having sex with teen

EVERETT — A Snohomish County Superior Court judge has tacked more time onto a convicted murderer’s prison sentence.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Local News


Serial rapist gets life in prison for Arlington trail attack

EVERETT — Robert Raethke was given a chance at life outside of prison after serving nearly three decades behind bars for raping teenage girls in the 1980s.His freedom was short-lived.A judge Wednesday imposed a life sentence for Raethke. A jury in February...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Local News


Program aims to restore rather than suspend troubled students

A kid gets in a fight at school or yells at a teacher. What happens next might be suspension or expulsion. Or on a campus with a school resource officer, what happens could easily be an arrest.Out of school and on the streets, with nothing but time on their hands, it's not...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Julie Muhlstein


Man gets 16 months for gun charge in self-defense slaying

EVERETT — An Arlington man who shot to death another man inside an Everett house has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for illegal gun possession.Snohomish County prosecutors have agreed not...

Date: 04/01/2016 | Local News


Prison-bound Marysville woman denied time to pack up house

EVERETT — A Marysville woman who shot at her husband during a fight over housework couldn’t convince a judge last week to delay sending her to prison.

Date: 03/29/2016 | Local News


Mother gets 26 years for selling her 6-year-old for sex

EVERETT — The Marysville woman brought her daughter from Tonga to be used as a sex toy.She handed the 6-year-old over to her new husband, a pedophile, and she sold the girl's innocence to other men on Craigslist. She took sexually explicit videos and photographs of the...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News


14 years in gang shooting

The Aug. 16 event likely was a catalyst to a rash of related violence

Date: 03/24/2016 | Local News


Fair sentencing yes, but fairness needed in inmate releases

It's easy to understand the intent behind the current move to reduce prison overcrowding, but are we sure we're doing it right?In 2010, when President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act to reduce federal prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders he specifically...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Commentary


Man sentenced 5 years for ramming deputy’s patrol car

EVERETT — A judge sentenced a Seattle man to five years in prison for ramming a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy's patrol car during a traffic stop gone awry.Deputy Arthur Wallin wasn't hurt in the Nov. 25 crash. His canine partner, Ronin, caught up with the suspect,...

Date: 03/19/2016 | Local News


Poor offenders pay high price when probation is run for profit

MURFREESBORO, Tennessee — When Steven Gibbs couldn't afford the fees demanded by the company supervising his probation, he wound up in jail. When Gibbs — who had been arrested for driving on a suspended license — failed a drug test the company charged him to take, he...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Nation & World


A life taken away

30-year sentence for Everett halfway house rape, murder

Date: 03/09/2016 | Local News


Early-release probe turns to former Corrections leader

OLYMPIA — Senators investigating the mistaken early release of inmates zeroed in Monday on the role of the former Department of Corrections leader in allowing the problem to go unfixed for years.A Senate panel quizzed witnesses on whether the management style of...

Date: 02/29/2016 | Local News


Man ‘out of his mind’ sentenced in Snohomish County chase

EVERETT — A Federal Way man who was shot in the shoulder after a 44-mile police chase told a Snohomish County judge Thursday that he barely remembered the events of the night. Joseph Young, 54, said he didn't know he'd tried to run down a Washington State Patrol...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Local News


Everett’s ‘Cyborg Bandit’ gets nearly 9 years, must repay $75K

EVERETT — A serial bank robber with 30 holdups to his name has been sent to state prison.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Local News


Monroe prisoner attacked ‘to gain respect,’ and victim gives it

EVERETT — An inmate was sentenced to another five years behind bars for an assault at the Monroe Correctional Complex. The beating happened in 2014. Joshua Kellerman punched another inmate in the face while the two were waiting in line for medicine, court papers said.

Date: 02/16/2016 | Local News


A mentally ill woman with 111 cats challenges the justice system

EVERETT — A Superior Court judge recently raised questions about why an animal hoarder ended up in front of a jury instead of being admitted to a county-funded program meant to divert mentally ill people out of the criminal justice system.Judge George Bowden called the...

Date: 02/13/2016 | Local News


Teen sentenced to 17½ years for shooting over clothing color

EVERETT — A 14-year-old girl pulled off her glasses and wiped at tears Thursday afternoon as the teenager who shot her and her brother was led into a courtroom in shackles and a bright orange jumpsuit.It was Sept. 2, the second day of school, when the girl planned to...

Date: 02/12/2016 | Local News


Man who threatened 3 at Everett Gospel Mission to be evaluated

EVERETT — An Everett man who attacked three people near the Everett Gospel Mission was ordered to undergo mental health and substance abuse evaluations once he's released from prison.Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis recently sentenced the man to four...

Date: 02/09/2016 | Local News


28-year sentence for murder

Mother tells judge to 'throw away the key'

Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News


Before campaign, Cruz sought sentencing reforms

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts — "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Reason and doubt

Viewpoints: The lessons from "Making a Murderer'

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary


Return to prison would have added to state's error

The past five years have been the most harrowing of my life. They were a struggle I never would have imagined for my family and me to experience. Nevertheless, it happened, and we are all stronger individuals and a more resilient family because of it.I was incarcerated at...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary


15 years for dealing heroin

James Painter’s supplier was tied to violent drug trafficking cartel

Date: 01/30/2016 | Local News


Husband sentenced to 17 years for ‘brutal murder’ of his wife

EVERETT — Gina Mangulabnan’s life won’t be defined by her violent death.Her children will remember her generosity and strength. She put their needs above her own and worked hard to take care of them, her daughter said.

Date: 01/20/2016 | Local News


Another state prison scandal merits attention: cost

The fact that the state Department of Corrections mistakenly released 3,200 prison inmates early can only cause victims and everyday taxpayers alike to be dumbfounded as to why a problem finally identified in 2012 took this long to correct, let alone disclose.Beyond the...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Commentary


Jail for former cop

As sheriff’s sergeant, he shielded coffee-stand brothels

Date: 01/14/2016 | Local News


No more jail for coffee madam

Woman who ran bikini-barista stands is sentenced

Date: 01/11/2016 | Local News


Teen who accidentally shot brother given probation

EVERETT — A ninth-grader who accidentally shot his 11-year-old brother in the face won't serve any more time in detention but he will be on probation for a year.The boy, 15, pleaded guilty late last month to

Date: 01/11/2016 | Local News


Bundy bunch a distraction from real problem — mandatory minimums

Weeks before Ammon Bundy and his pals showed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest five-year federal prison sentences imposed on two Oregon ranchers, a friend alerted me to the ranchers' story. Thanks to federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the government was...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Delay in fixing early release problem maddening, costly

It's the kind of news that shakes confidence in state government; that 3,200 state Department of Corrections prisoners were released earlier than they should have been when software used to determine release dates...

Date: 01/05/2016 | Editorials


Prison offers proven cure for Couch’s ‘affluenza’

In 2013, Americans learned about a new epidemic — affluenza. As psychologist G. Dick Miller explained the phenomenon, children of wealthy parents are taught not the golden rule but "we have the gold, we make the rules." The unsympathetic carrier of the...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Curing what jail can't

Viewpoints: 4 views on addressing mental illness

Date: 12/20/2015 | Commentary


Everett food stamp trafficker forfeits $410,000, keeps house

EVERETT — A downtown store owner accused of running a food stamp fraud ring has been sent to prison and was forced to forfeit more than $410,000.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Local News


Everett woman who couldn’t stop embezzling sentenced to 6 years

EVERETT — April Laughlin is addicted to stealing. The Everett mother said she embezzled from three different employers to make people in her life happy. She tried to convince a judge Friday that she’s mended her ways and then asked to stay out of prison to raise her 9-year-old son.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Local News


Driver lands 3 years in prison for 2013 Everett crash

EVERETT — She prays that strangers will stop staring at her husband’s face, or at least one day Juan Quintanilla’s confidence will return and the staring won’t hurt so much.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Local News


Boys who assaulted girl won’t have to register as sex offenders

EVERETT — Three teens won’t have to register as sex offenders after reaching an agreement with Snohomish County prosecutors who alleged that they sexually assaulted a girl in a tree house at a juvenile drinking party last year.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Local News


Jail might start housing Seattle inmates once again

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Jail might soon resume locking up as many as 100 Seattle inmates each day under a proposed contract that Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson contends is irresponsible "and unfair to this community."The mayor on Tuesday wrote the...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Local News


71 years for 3-city shooting spree

Hans Hansen is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars

Date: 11/24/2015 | Local News


Wait for justice is a life sentence for former NFL star

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kermit Alexander is death penalty opponents' worst nightmare. Foes of the death penalty argue that the criminal justice system is skewed against African-Americans and that prosecutors are less likely to seek the death penalty when victims are...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists


7 programs that offer alternatives to jail and court

It is a scenario that plays out across the country every day: the mentally ill, homeless, the drug-addicted caught up in a criminal justice system that isn't designed to help them escape the revolving door of the streets, jail and the back of ambulances. For years the criminal justice...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News


If one state won’t execute a killer, another one will

California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Man who smoked meth with baby in car in Edmonds may avoid prison

EVERETT — A man who smoked methamphetamine inside a car with a toddler will avoid prison if he follows through with drug treatment.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Local News


Owner sentenced to 2 years for torching family restaurant in south Everett

EVERETT — A former Lynnwood man has been sentenced to two years in prison for torching his family’s failing restaurant in 2012.Daniel Villegas-Loeza couldn’t hold back the tears last week as he tried to explain why he started the fire at Taqueria La Mexicana on Highway 99.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Local News


Man pleads guilty in Everett jewel heist to avoid third strike

EVERETT — The jury was picked but the defendant changed his mind.Eddie Sheldon, 56, decided he didn't want to risk a potential life sentence so Tuesday morning he pleaded guilty to reduced charges for a robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News


Everett man gets 17 months for arson in dispute with neighbor

EVERETT — James White smiled as a Snohomish County Superior Court judge warned him to stay away from his neighbors.Judge Janice Ellis was telling White, 44, that the fire he started could have...

Date: 09/14/2015 | Local News


Lynnwood man gets 5-year sentence for sword attack

EVERETT — Brandin Ayling blamed illicit drugs for last year's sword attack on his grandmother, roommate and friend.A Snohomish County Superior Court judge last week ordered the Lynnwood man to be evaluated for a drug addiction after she sentenced him to five years in...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Local News


Lynnwood man with guns, drugs, anti-tank weapon gets 10 years

SEATTLE — A man caught with large amounts of drugs and guns, including an anti-tank weapon, was sentenced earlier this summer to a decade in federal prison.

Date: 08/15/2015 | Local News


Gambling bank robber sentenced for Marysville heist

EVERETT — A Texan was tight-lipped Monday despite a Snohomish County judge’s attempts to get him to explain why he decided to become an outlaw.Ben McClean told Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson that he’s not much of a talker.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News


Man gets 15 months for courthouse break-in

EVERETT — The man who broke into the Snohomish County courthouse and ransacked a sheriff’s office refrigerator was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Local News


Man sentenced for Highway 529 robbery

EVERETT — A convicted felon was ordered never to have contact with the good Samaritan whom he robbed at gunpoint two years ago.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Local News


Former Everett firefighter gets 8 months in jail for sex crimes

SEATTLE — A former Everett firefighter was sentenced Friday to eight months in jail for sex crimes.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Sirens


This time DNA nails death row inmate

Last year, CNN's "Death Row Stories" ran an episode about a California woman convicted of first-degree murder and then freed when a federal judge overturned the verdict because prosecutors had withheld evidence. I had a few issues with the episode, in part because Gloria...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Man gets 27 years for raping stepdaughter, 6, and letting others abuse her

EVERETT — A veteran Snohomish County judge refused to show a child rapist any leniency, saying the Marysville man treated his 6-year-old stepdaughter like a "sex toy" when he raped her and offered her up to other pedophiles.Superior Court Judge Linda Krese...

Date: 07/23/2015 | Local News


Actions speak louder than the flag wavers

When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Obama finally makes just use of his pardon pen

President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted,...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Prison term for woman who embezzled $330K from YWCA

EVERETT — Stephanie Koppisch was abusing prescription medications when she embezzled $330,000 from the YWCA's coffers.A judge was told Tuesday that the Granite Falls mother has quit using drugs not prescribed to her and has sought mental health treatment.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News


Man who stole $300,000 in gems sentenced to 3 years

EVERETT — A drug addict who drove off with $300,000 in gems is going to prison for three years.A Snohomish County judge was persuaded Thursday to give the thief a break, saying the community might be better served if Michael Fuller gets help for his addiction.

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News


20 years in friend's murder

Forest Jackson was stabbed when he tried to help Toby Sauceda

Date: 07/11/2015 | Local News




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