Monroe teen sentenced in ‘stinky feet’ stabbing

A Monroe teen who plunged a knife into a young man’s back while in a drunken rage was sent to prison Friday with an unusual assignment.

While locked up, Dallas Smith, 18, must begin work on a research paper exploring how drinking alcohol to excess can destroy lives. Her deadline for completing the assignment is May 2012, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge David Kurtz said.

In December she pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a knife for stabbing Willy Simpson, 19, at a drinking party. The attack came after he teased Smith about having stinky feet.

While that aspect of the case made headlines, the attention was misplaced, Kurtz said at Smith’s sentencing hearing.

“Let me be absolutely clear: This case is not about smelly feet,” the judge said. “It is about binge drinking and (the) criminal behavior that did flow from that.”

Smith was sentenced to one year and three months in prison. The sentence was in keeping with a recommendation supported by the prosecutor, Smith’s defense attorney and the man she stabbed. It also was the minimum punishment under state sentencing guidelines.

Kurtz also ordered Smith to begin work on a research paper, at least six pages long, that will explore the problem of binge drinking and how it has damaged at least one other person’s life.

She didn’t have any criminal history or contact with police before the Sept. 7 assault. She did have a budding drinking problem, however. That’s something Smith plans to address in alcohol-abuse counseling while serving her sentence, said her defense attorney, David Allen of Seattle.

Deputy prosecutor Janice Albert said Smith was incredibly lucky the attack didn’t cause more grievous injury. Smith plunged the steak knife more than three inches into Simpson’s back, causing one of the young man’s lungs to collapse.

The stabbing happened as Smith and others partied at a home near Monroe. She was intoxicated and bragged about being able to do a back flip off a deck. When she attempted the stunt, Smith wound up in a heap.

Before the jump, she had removed her shoes. Simpson teased her about having smelly feet. She began hitting him. The young man managed to push her away. That’s when witnesses said Smith grabbed her coat, picked up the knife, and stabbed him in the back before heading out the door.

The knife’s blade still was embedded in the man’s back when deputies arrived. It remained that way until he was raced to a Seattle hospital for surgery.

On Friday, Simpson made clear that he supported a sentence that would give Smith a second chance.

“I’m glad she didn’t kill me that night,” he said.

Before heading off to begin serving time, Smith apologized for what she characterized a “great error in judgment.”

Scott North: 425-339-3431,

Talk to us

More in Local News

Granite Falls
Prosecutors: ‘Yo mama’ joke led to racist assault in Granite Falls

A man took offense and went into a rage, spewing racist slurs as he beat up a teenager, charging papers say.

Ella Larson, left, and Simon Fuentes sort through blueberries at Hazel Blue Acres on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Fruits, flowers and bees aplenty in Arlington farm fete

First-ever event highlights local growers’ bounty and contributions to local community

The Everett Districting Commission is proposing four adjustments to the city council districts based on 2020 Census data. (City of Everett)
Proposed map shifts every Everett City Council district

Census data from 2020 prompted several “small tweaks” to council district boundaries.

Cars wait to turn onto Highway 9 from Bickford Avenue on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Highway 9 stretch closing for roundabout work next week

Drivers will need to use detours as the closure affects the stretch between Second and 30th streets in Snohomish.

Commanding Officer Meghan Bodnar is greeted by her son Grady, who hasn’t seen her in 224 days, at Naval Station Everett on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
After 200-plus days abroad, Navy destroyers return to Everett homeport

The USS Gridley is one of the few women-led ships, attesting to a growing number of women in the U.S. military.

Snohomish County eyes another motel-to-shelter project in Edmonds

The $9.1 million plan was announced on the heels of another motel-to-shelter conversion moving forward in Everett.

Community Transit's Lynnwood microtransit pilot project is set to launch this fall with a service area around the Alderwood mall. (Community Transit)
Lynnwood’s microtransit test begins this fall, others possible

Community Transit could launch other on-demand services in Arlington, Darrington and Lake Stevens.

Abortion rights protesters fill all four corners of the intersection in front of the Everett Planned Parenthood in support of abortion rights on Saturday, July 9, 2022 (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
GOP cheered abortion ruling. Democrats responded by voting.

A swell of electoral support for Democrats pushed turnout higher in primary. Republicans look to adjust for November

People begin to gather on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the North Mountain Fire Lookout north of Darrington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
‘A labor of love’: Restoration of lookout north of Darrington now complete

Volunteers spent eight years repairing the 57-year-old North Mountain Fire Lookout. Last week, they gathered to celebrate.

Most Read