Guilty plea in Everett drug deal that led to fatal shooting

EVERETT — A Bothell man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony drug trafficking charge for his role in a dope deal that ended in death.

Dustin Allan Bradshaw, 22, drove the car that carried drugs to a March 13 marijuana deal in Everett.

The transaction was supposed to net Bradshaw and a partner $3,000. Instead, it morphed into an attempted robbery.

Two teens were shot, one fatally. Everett police continue to investigate.

Bradshaw was charged last month with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver. He pleaded guilty as charged in a Snohomish County Superior Court hearing.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend six months in jail. As part of the plea, Bradshaw has agreed to testify in any future cases connected to the events of that night.

Francisco Vazquez was 17 when he was shot in the abdomen. He’s now charged as an adult with attempted first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors continue to consider what to do with Bradshaw’s alleged drug partner. The Kenmore man, 22, allegedly has admitted shooting Vazquez as well as John Muhlstein, 18, of Everett, who died at the scene.

The man reportedly told police he acted in self defense against young robbers armed with handguns.

“We do anticipate some charges being filed. The nature of those have not been finalized,” deputy prosecutor Andrew Alsdorf said Tuesday.

Along with drugs, Bradshaw had an AK-47 assault-style rifle in the trunk of his Honda Civic and a 9mm Glock handgun near the center console, according to court papers.

Bradshaw had a concealed pistol license. If the case had gone to trial, however, prosecutors would have alleged it was illegal for him to bring firearms to a drug deal. A firearm enhancement could have been added and with it more potential time behind bars, Alsdorf said.

Bradshaw’s sentencing is scheduled for August but the timing might change depending on what happens with the other defendants.

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