Raymond Tannehill appears in court for sentencing Tuesday, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Raymond Tannehill appears in court for sentencing Tuesday, at Snohomish County Superior Court in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3 defendants sentenced in Everett murder at Jack in the Box

In 2020, Raul Cuadros’ killer was sentenced to 40 years. The final defendant, sentenced Tuesday, got about 2½.

EVERETT — The last of four men convicted in a teen’s fatal 2019 shooting at a Jack in the Box in Everett was sentenced Tuesday.

In October 2020, David Randall Wright was sentenced to 40 years in prison after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the killing of Raul Cuadros.

Three others were sentenced in the past month.

After pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree criminal assistance and a drug charge, Christopher Phelps got 12 years.

For attempted first-degree robbery, Kodi Anderson got almost three years.

And three years after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, Raymond Tannehill was sentenced to just over 2½ years Tuesday by Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson. Tannehill has already served all of that sentence in the Snohomish County Jail, so he’s expected to be released, according to prosecutors.

David Randall Wright (Washington State Department of Corrections)

David Randall Wright (Washington State Department of Corrections)

When Cuadros arrived at Jack in the Box in the early morning hours of Feb. 17, 2019, he came with a gun, according to court documents. He and a woman were meeting Phelps in the 8500 block of Evergreen Way after setting up a deal to buy drugs from him.

They reportedly intended to rob Phelps, now 32, when he arrived.

However, they abandoned their plan when Anderson, now 30, and Wright, now 35, demanded their belongings, instead. Police believed Anderson wanted revenge against the woman because she’d set him up to be robbed a couple days earlier.

Anderson demanded the woman’s purse, but she refused. Cuadros stepped in to protect her. Wright lifted his shirt, showing a gun, according to court papers. Cuadros and the woman walked away, but Anderson and Wright followed them through the fast-food parking lot.

The woman reportedly pepper-sprayed Anderson.

Then, Wright shot Cuadros, prosecutors alleged. He and Anderson fled.

Cuadros was pronounced dead at 3:53 a.m. He was 19.

Anderson told police Wright buried the gun in a park. Tannehill, now 31, was their driver that night, according to court documents. He’d taken Wright and Anderson to the Jack in the Box. Afterward, he drove them to the Silver Lake neighborhood, where they told Phelps what happened.

Christopher Ardis Phelps (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Christopher Ardis Phelps (Washington State Department of Corrections)

After the shooting, Tannehill told a friend he was “freaked out.” He worried what the law would do to him for a “murder that was only supposed to be a robbery,” deputy prosecutor Michael Boska wrote in charging papers.

“I don’t believe that any of the individuals charged, except for the actual shooter, had an intent for a person to die,” Boska said in court Tuesday.

After 3½ years, Tannehill’s sentencing Tuesday was the last shoe to drop in this case. He will need to be processed by the Department of Corrections, but then he’s set for immediate release, Boska said.

Tannehill plans to live with family in rural eastern Washington and work in construction.

“He is doing so much better now than he was at the time of this incident,” his defense attorney Ann Mahony said.

Last month, Cuadros’ mother wrote to a judge before Anderson’s sentencing, saying her son’s murder left her with a “big hole in my heart.” She noted he was a happy kid. He liked making slingshots and playing tag or hide and seek. He was a role model for his younger siblings, she wrote.

Kodi Orion Anderson (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Kodi Orion Anderson (Washington State Department of Corrections)

In a separate letter, the victim’s older brother noted Cuadros had a daughter on the way when he died.

“She will also grow up without a father and she’ll not know what he looks like,” the brother wrote, “she won’t have her father for her first words, her first steps, her first prom, her wedding.”

Jake Goldstein-Street: 425-339-3439; jake.goldstein-street@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @GoldsteinStreet.

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