Accomplice in robbery could be released

EVERETT — An Everett man likely will soon return home after spending more than a year locked up in jail for his part in a 2011 robbery that turned deadly.

Kevin Odneal’s home has been at the center of two separate homicide investigations. A man was shot to death in the driveway in 2008. Three years later, another man was killed while he and Odneal attempted to a rob a man of $1,200.

A judge Monday sentenced Odneal to a year and five months in prison for his part in the May 2011 incident. The convicted felon, 47, pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree robbery and two counts of unlawful gun possession. He’s been locked up for about a year in the Snohomish County Jail pending trial. With credit for time already served, he likely will be released from prison in a week or so, his defense attorney told the judge.

Odneal is expected to return to the same Everett neighborhood.

Investigators say he and Michael Carter invited another known drug user to Odneal’s home on May 24, 2011.

Carter, 30, allegedly hit the man in the head with a flashlight while Odneal demanded the man’s jacket, court papers said. Carter continued the attack while demanding the man’s wallet. The man told police he began to lose consciousness and, fearing for his life, fatally shot Carter.

Police found the robbery victim walking on the property. He had blood pouring down his face. He told police he’d thrown the gun in the bushes.

Prosecutors don’t plan to charge that man, 47, in connection with Carter’s death, characterizing his actions as self defense. He is serving time in prison for drug and gun crimes that he committed shortly after the shooting, according to court papers.

Investigators found several guns, including an assault rifle, during their search of Odneal’s home. He has a prior felony drug conviction and is prohibited from having guns.

Prosecutors also charged him with unlawful gun possession stemming from a police search in 2008 when officers were at the home investigating the shooting death of Cory Hamilton, 38.

In that incident, investigators believe Hamilton, Odneal and Prizmich were arguing about drugs and a car. The argument spilled outside, where Prizmich shot Hamilton.

Prizmich pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, admitting that he recklessly caused the younger man’s death but denying that he intended to kill Hamilton. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

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

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