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Posted on: May 27, 2016

$5 Million Lawsuit Against County Dismissed

“We will always fight to protect children, fight to make our community safer, and fight for what’s right,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “As President Lincoln said, truth is the best vindication.”

The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office secured a major...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2016

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and Tacoma Police Department regarding the death of Jacqueline Salyers, 32, have been completed. Salyers died from a g...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Man sentenced to 34 years in 2006 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Brandon Lee Farmer, 30, was sentenced to 407 months in prison for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Earlier this month, a jury...Read on...

Posted on: April 1, 2016

Jury convicts killer in 2006 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury convicted Brandon Lee Farmer, 30, of murder in the first degree for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In 2014, Tacoma Police Department cold-case detectives received a tip that led to Farmer’s arrest. Farmer is schedul...Read on...

Posted on: March 29, 2016

Spanaway convenience store owner charged in murder of shoplifter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Min Sik Kim, 30, with murder in the second degree for shooting a shoplifter, 21-year-old Jakeel Rashon Mason, in the back as he tried to flee from Kim’s store. Kim is scheduled to be arrai...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2016

DNA match leads to 37-year sentence in 1993 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today James Edward Mitchell, 52, was sentenced to 450 months in prison for the 1993 stabbing death of Linda Robinson. In 2013, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department cold-case detectives matched Mitchell’s DNA to blood collected at the crime scen...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2016

Pair sentenced to 56 years in deadly Lakewood home-invasion robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 18, and Duprea Romon Wilson, 20, were each sentenced to 56 years in prison for a 2014 home-invasion robbery where an accomplice was shot by a Lakewood homeowner and later died. Last week, a jury convicted Taylor a...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2016

Mother sentenced to 6 years after toddler ingests meth, dies

TACOMA, WA – Today Alyia Iverson, 27, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree and was sentenced to 78 months in prison after her toddler son ingested meth in her Spanaway home and died.

“Sad, tragic and avoidable,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindq...Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2016

3 teens charged in rape of Lakebay girl

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged three juvenile males, ages 13, 14 and 17, with rape in the second degree and assault in the second degree for a sexual attack on a 15-year-old girl during a party at her home in Lakebay. T...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Jury convicts teens in deadly Lakewood home-invasion robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury convicted Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 18, and Duprea Romon Wilson, who is now 20-years-old, of manslaughter, assault, robbery, kidnapping and burglary for a 2014 home-invasion robbery where an accomplice was shot by a Lakewood homeown...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

New charges in 2015 murder of Tacoma teen

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Juan Javier Zuniga-Gonzales, 17, and Trino Valentino Martinez, 21, with murder in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree for the November 2015 shooting dea...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

High-priority offender charged in burglary, vehicle theft

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged high-priority offender Jacob Gary Reynolds, 32, with burglary in the second degree, theft of a motor vehicle and theft in the first degree for stealing a truck and equipment from a Fredric...Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2016

DNA match leads to conviction in 1993 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury convicted James Edward Mitchell, 52, of murder in the first degree for the 1993 stabbing death of Linda Robinson. In 2013, cold-case detectives matched Mitchell’s DNA to blood collected at the crime scene. Mitchell is scheduled t...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2016

Tacoma father sentenced to 28 years in toddler’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Kingsa McKnight, 34, was sentenced to 343 months in prison for the 2014 beating death of his 3-year-old son. In December 2015, McKnight pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree. This was the high-end...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2016

Father sentenced to 70 years in infant’s beating death

TACOMA, WA – Today Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, was sentenced to 840 months in prison for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death in 2014 at his home in DuPont. In December, a jury convicted Cowart of murder in the second degree.

“Nothing is more impor...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2016

Man charged in murder at Tacoma convenience store

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, with murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Julian Jemar Thomas, 23, at a Tacoma convenience store. Grott’s brother, Rashaad Dominique Grott, 22, has ...Read on...

Posted on: January 29, 2016

2 Graham men charged in property theft bust

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Dayin Rex Henry, 34, and Shane Bryant Sweetman, 33, with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and trafficking stolen property. While serving a search warrant at the defendants’...Read on...

Posted on: January 19, 2016

Teen charged in murder of ex-girlfriend’s mother

Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Austin Richard Moores Nelson, 19, with murder in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and animal cruelty in the first degree for shooting his ex-girlfriend's mother, Teresa Ryan, to death and...Read on...

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Milton father charged for leaving 15-month-old in freezing car overnight

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Anthony Dufour, 29, with criminal mistreatment in the second degree and abandonment of a dependent person in the second degree, for leaving his infant daughter overnight in a freez...Read on...

Posted on: December 22, 2015

10 charged for attempting to sexually exploit children

TACOMA, WA – Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged 10 people, ages 20 to 59, for attempting to sexually exploit children. The defendants were arrested during a two-week sting operation, led by the Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children T...Read on...

Posted on: December 18, 2015

Jury convicts father in infant’s beating death

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, a jury convicted Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, of murder in the second degree for beating his 2-month-old daughter to death last year at his home in Dupont. Cowart is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in room 323 ...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2015

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and Tacoma Police Department regarding the shooting death of Jason Dion Galaviz, 40, have been completed. Galaviz died...Read on...

Posted on: December 7, 2015

Man charged in Fife double homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Brett Ashdon Dollens, 22, with two counts of murder in the first degree for shooting 23-year-old Daniel Miller and 22-year-old Charissa Dobbins to death in their Fife home. The homicide ap...Read on...

Posted on: November 4, 2015

Charges increased in murder of missing mother

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 29-year-old Jonathan Daniel Harris with murder in the first degree for killing Nicole White, 28, who went missing earlier this year. Harris pleaded not guilty and is being held in lieu of ...Read on...

Posted on: November 2, 2015

Man sentenced to 31 years in murder of fiancé he reported missing

TACOMA, WA – Today, 43-year-old William Jason Grisso was sentenced to 31 years in prison for killing his fiancé, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led detectives to her body in Belfair. Last month, a jury convicted Gris...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Spanaway teen charged for pointing rifle at students

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 13-year-old Christopher Elijah Rice with two counts of assault in the second degree, unlawful possession of a firearm the second degree, possession of a stolen firearm and trafficking stol...Read on...

Posted on: October 29, 2015

Pierce County hires Tiffany Speir as new Government Relations Director

County Executive Pat McCarthy has announced the hiring of Tiffany Speir as Director of Government Relations for Pierce County. Speir, formerly with the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership (SSMCP), has worked in Pierce County for the last seve...Read on...

Posted on: October 23, 2015

Man sentenced to 50 years in car theft retaliation murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, 34-year-old Christopher William Olsen was sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 2014 shooting in Fredrickson that killed Robert Ward, 24. Earlier this month, a jury convicted Olsen of murder in the first degree. Olsen has 16 prior felo...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2015

Jury convicts mail thief

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, a jury convicted 35-year-old Earl Alvin Polley of ten counts of identity theft in the second degree and one count of forgery for stealing victims’ checks, identification and mail. Polley is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30, 201...Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2015

Lakebay man convicted of killing fiancé he reported missing

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury convicted William Grisso, 42, of murder in the first degree for killing his fiancé, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led detectives to her body in Belfair. Grisso is scheduled to be sentenced ...Read on...

Posted on: October 5, 2015

Jury convicts man of murder in car theft retaliation

TACOMA, WA – Today, a jury convicted Christopher William Olsen, 34, of murder in the first degree for a 2014 shooting in Fredrickson that killed Robert Ward, 24. Olsen is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 23, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in room 207 of the County-Ci...Read on...

Posted on: September 22, 2015

Prosecutor Lindquist delivers opening statement in Grisso murder trial

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist delivered opening statement in the trial of William Grisso, 42, who is charged with the 2014 shooting death of his fiancé, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led...Read on...

Posted on: September 21, 2015

Driver charged with murder in fatal police chase

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Mac Robert Tappon, 25, with murder in the second degree, vehicular homicide, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and driving while...Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2015

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office and Tacoma Police Department regarding the shooting death of Stephen Wyman Cunningham, 48, have been completed. Cunnin...Read on...

Posted on: September 15, 2015

Tacoma teen charged in assault, kidnapping that triggered AMBER Alert

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Mickeal Anthony-Rene Gordon, 17, with two counts of assault in the first degree, kidnapping in the second degree, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree ...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2015

Tacoma man charged with murder in hammer beating death

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Nicholas Edward Lane, 27, with murder in the first degree and attempted murder in the first degree for beating two people with a hammer inside a Tacoma home. Lane pleaded not guilty and is b...Read on...

Posted on: September 3, 2015

Court of Appeals Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against County

TACOMA, WA – The Washington State Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a malicious prosecution and defamation lawsuit filed against the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department. The trial court dismissed the lawsuit in ...Read on...

Posted on: August 28, 2015

Gang member sentenced to 20 years for human trafficking

TACOMA, WA – Today Marteze Ravoine Clair, 28, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for prostituting underage girls. In July, he pleaded guilty to human trafficking in the second degree and three counts of promoting prostitution in the second degree. Clair ...Read on...

Posted on: August 27, 2015

County, Lindquist prevail on constitutional rights

Today the Washington State Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional privacy and speech rights of all public employees. The Court ruled that a public employee’s good-faith search for public records on his or her personal phone satisfies a government agenc...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Tacoma white supremacist sentenced to life without parole

TACOMA, WA – Today Eric Michael Elliser, 35, was sentenced to life without parole for the 2013 stabbing death of Derek Scott Wagner, 27. In April, a jury convicted Elliser of murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree. Elliser’s co-defend...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Steven Powell sentenced to 5 years for child pornography

TACOMA, WA – Today Steven Powell, 65, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for photographing two young neighbor girls through a bathroom window in their South Hill home. In July, a jury convicted Powell of possessing child pornography. This was Powell’s sec...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2015

Missing Puyallup infant’s mother charged with endangerment

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Myra Maria Aguilar, 31, with criminal mistreatment in the second degree, endangerment with a controlled substance and custodial interference in the first degree for using methamphetamine dur...Read on...

Posted on: August 17, 2015

Man charged in deadly Puyallup shooting rampage

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nathen Ryan Terault, 34, with murder for the shooting death of 71-year-old Puyallup-resident Richard Johnson. In addition to murder in the first degree, Terault was charged with robbery in...Read on...

Posted on: July 23, 2015

Prosecutor finds officers’ use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, Cooperative Cities Crime Response Unit, and Lakewood Police Department regarding the shooting death of Daniel Isaac C...Read on...

Posted on: July 22, 2015

Man punches, kills girlfriend’s 15-month-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged an Arkansas man in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 15-month-old son. Dedric Lamar Greer, 31, was charged with murder in the second degree for punching the boy in the abdomen, causing...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2015

Jury convicts Steven Powell of possessing child pornography

TACOMA, WA – Today, a jury convicted Steven Powell, 65, of photographing two young neighbor girls through a bathroom window in their South Hill home. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 21, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. in room 833 of the County-City Building in...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2015

South Hill man sentenced to 18 years in friend's murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Jason Scharpf Breer, 20, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for beating his friend, Justin Morris, to death with a frying pan. Breer pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree minutes before his trial was to begin.

On Jul...Read on...

Posted on: June 26, 2015

Roy man sentenced to 16 years in fatal crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Matthew James Haygood, 31, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for striking a family’s vehicle near Spanaway, killing the father. In May, Haygood pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.

“This is a ...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2015

Man sentenced to 18 years for beating, strangling girlfriend to death

TACOMA, WA – Today Refugio Sanchez Jr., 33, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for beating his girlfriend, Angela Cannizzio, and strangling her to death in their Lakewood home. In March, Sanchez pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree.

“Angela C...Read on...

Posted on: June 23, 2015

Man charged in murder of missing woman

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged a Graham man in the murder of Nicole White, 28, who was missing for over two weeks. Jonathan Daniel Harris, 29, is charged with murder in the second degree and is scheduled to be arraigned...Read on...

Posted on: June 19, 2015

Man sentenced to 97 years in 2010 Craigslist killing

TACOMA, WA – Today Clabon Terrel Berniard, 28, was sentenced to 97 years in prison for a 2010 home invasion robbery in which 43-year-old Edgewood resident James Sanders was killed. In May, a jury convicted Berniard of murder in the first degree, robbery i...Read on...

Posted on: June 9, 2015

Caregiver charged with murder in neglect of vulnerable adult

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged a Spanaway caregiver for the death of a vulnerable man in his care. Larry John Lee, 50, pleaded not guilty to murder in the second degree and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

“...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2015

Former Chihuly Company employee charged for stealing $3 million in artwork

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged a former Chihuly Company employee for stealing more than $3 million worth of artwork by Tacoma glass artist Dale Chihuly. Christopher Robert Kaul, 38, has been charged with theft in the fi...Read on...

Posted on: May 21, 2015

Jury convicts gang member in attempted murder

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury convicted Tacoma gang member Tyree W Jefferson, 27, in the shooting of Tacoma resident Rosendo Robinson Jr., 33.

After a four week trial, Jefferson was found guilty of attempted murder in the first degree, assault in the first...Read on...

Posted on: May 20, 2015

Tacoma gang member charged in drive-by shooting

TACOMA, WA – Today, a Tacoma gang member was charged in the murder of 19-year-old Tacoma resident Brandon Morris, who was struck in the head during a drive-by shooting earlier this month. Trevion Jeremy Tyrone Tucker, 15, has been charged with murder in t...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Man sentenced to 25 years for burning, killing girlfriend

TACOMA, WA – Today Angel Luis Sierra Reyes, 39, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his girlfriend by setting her on fire at their South Hill home. In April, Reyes pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree.

The courtroom was filled with ...Read on...

Posted on: May 15, 2015

Woman sentenced to 26 months for stealing $8,000 from elderly man

TACOMA, WA – Today, Elizabeth Jenson, 74, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for stealing more than $8,000 from an elderly Tacoma man. In April, a jury convicted Jenson of identity theft in the first and second degree, and theft in the second and third ...Read on...

Posted on: May 13, 2015

Man sentenced to 26 years in 2013 Stadium District murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Andrew James Boyd, 19, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the 2013 robbery and murder of Stadium District resident Lawrence Howse, 54. On Monday, Boyd pleaded guilty to first degree murder minutes before opening statements were ab...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2015

Man pleads guilty to 2013 Stadium District murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Andrew James Boyd, 19, pleaded guilty to murder in the first degree for the 2013 robbery and murder of Stadium District resident Lawrence Howse, 54. Boyd is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2-B of the Count...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Man sentenced to 31 years in stabbing death

TACOMA, WA – Today Chase Harrison Devyver, 30, was sentenced to 31 years in prison for the 2014 stabbing death of Shawn Woods, a soldier who was trying to break up a domestic fight at a South Hill home. The judge explained she was sentencing Devyver to th...Read on...

Posted on: May 8, 2015

Prosecutor Lindquist to deliver opening statements in Boyd trial

TACOMA, WA – On Monday, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is expected to deliver opening statements in the trial of Andrew James Boyd, 19, who is charged with the 2013 robbery and murder of Stadium District resident Lawrence Howse, 54. Opening state...Read on...

Posted on: April 28, 2015

Tacoma white supremacists convicted in stabbing death

TACOMA, WA – Today, a jury convicted Eric Michael Elliser, 34, and Shane Thomas McKittrick, 33, in the 2013 stabbing death of Derek Scott Wagner, 27. Elliser was found guilty of murder in the second degree and assault in the first degree. McKittrick was f...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2015

Man sentenced to 8 years for vehicular homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Jason Raynaldo Tamayo, 45, was sentenced to eight years in prison for hitting and killing Mark Nigh, 56, with his vehicle in downtown Tacoma last year. In March, Tamayo pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide. The courtroom was filled with...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2015

Jury convicts man in 2010 Craigslist killing

TACOMA, WA – Today, a jury convicted Clabon Terrel Berniard, 28, of murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and burglary in the first degree. Berniard took part in a 2010 home invasion robbery in which 43-yea...Read on...

Posted on: April 10, 2015

Jury convicts man in stabbing death

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, a jury convicted Chase Harrison Devyver, 30, of murder in the second degree, assault in the second degree, robbery in the first degree, and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. He attacked his girlfriend with a knife and ...Read on...

Posted on: April 9, 2015

Jury convicts woman of stealing $8,000 from elderly man

TACOMA, WA – Today, a jury convicted Elizabeth Jenson, 73, of identity theft in the first and second degree, and theft in the second and third degree for stealing more than $8,000 from an elderly Tacoma man. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 15, 201...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2015

Senate Bill 6091 closes loophole that allows killers to profit

TACOMA, WA -- A case in which a man killed his wife and may be rewarded with her state pension benefits is prompting Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and lawmakers to seek a fix to state law.

Senate Bill 6091, requested by Prosecutor Lindquist and introduced...Read on...

Posted on: April 6, 2015

Pierce County wins K-9 lawsuit

TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 25, 2015, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed in federal court. The plaintiff accused a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy of using excessive force when the plaintiff, who was being arrested on a fe...Read on...

Posted on: March 25, 2015

Charges filed after search reveals 44 pounds meth, bundles of cash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Samuel Tafolla Hernandez, 39, and Thomas Servantes Diaz, 34, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Servantes Diaz was also charged with unlawful posses...Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2015

Man pleads not guilty in 2006 cold-case killing

TACOMA, WA – Today Brandon Lee Farmer, 29, pleaded not guilty to murder in the first degree for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. In November, 2014, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Farmer, who was in custody in West Virginia on ...Read on...

Posted on: March 9, 2015

Roy man charged with vehicular homicide for fiery crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Matthew James Haygood, 31, with vehicular homicide, three counts of vehicular assault, failure to remain at an accident resulting in death, failure to remain at injury accident, and duty i...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2015

Prosecutor’s Office receives award for outstanding leadership

TACOMA, WA -- On Feb. 6, at its annual Lincoln Day Banquet, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association honored the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with the “2014 Law Firm Pro Bono Award.” The office was recognized “for outstanding leadership in ...Read on...

Posted on: February 19, 2015

Three charged in murder of Lakewood man

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, with murder in the first degree for the killing of an 18-year-old Lakewood man. The defendants pleaded not guil...Read on...

Posted on: February 18, 2015

Teacher charged for sex with student

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Christopher Andrew McKay, 30, with four counts of sexual misconduct with a minor for having sex with a 16-year-old student from Washington High School. McKay is scheduled to be arraigned t...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2015

72-hour hold on Tacoma murder suspects

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested a 72-hour hold on Wallace Jackson, 48, Darrel Arthur Daves, 49, and Crystal Share Jackson, 30, who were arrested by Tacoma Police detectives for the murder of an 18-year-old Lakewood man...Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2015

Father pleads not guilty to cold-case killing of 3-year-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Stanley Guidroz, 57, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the first degree for killing his 3-year-old son, Wallace Guidroz, in 1983. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Guidroz in September 2014, and a warrant was issued fo...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2015

Father charged for assaulting infant son

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged George Vincent Wells, 25, with assault of a child in the first degree for violently shaking his 2-month-old son. Wells was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $1 mill...Read on...

Posted on: February 3, 2015

Buckley men charged for dealing meth, heroin, oxycodone

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Augustin Gutierrez-Valencia, 24, and Gerardo Danesta Dias, 25, with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. They pleaded not guilty. Gutierrez-Valencia is bei...Read on...

Posted on: January 23, 2015

Parkland man charged with rape and assault of 1-year-old girl

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Thomas Randle Babler, 26, with rape of a child in the first degree and assault of a child in the second degree. Babler was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $1,000,...Read on...

Posted on: January 22, 2015

Conviction reversed in killing of armored-car guard

In 2011, a Pierce County jury convicted Odies Walker of aggravated murder in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, solicitation to commit robbery in the first degree and conspiracy to commit robbery in the first degre...Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2015

72-hour hold on child assault suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested a 72-hour hold on Thomas Randle Babler, 26, who was arrested by Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives for the assault of a 1-year-old girl in Parkland. Babler appeared in Superior Court tod...Read on...

Posted on: January 15, 2015

Conviction reversed for cop-killer’s getaway driver

On Nov. 29, 2009, Maurice Clemmons walked into a Forza coffee shop and assassinated four Lakewood police officers. Darcus Allen was his getaway driver.

Only a few days earlier, on Thanksgiving, Clemmons told Allen and others that he was going to murder...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2015

Man strangles wife, attempts suicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Leroy Brown, 57, with murder in the first degree for strangling his wife to death last week. He was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

On...Read on...

Posted on: December 22, 2014

Fugitive to be arraigned on murder charge

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, will be arraigned on the charge of murder in the first degree. In August, Boisselle shot Brandon Shane Zomalt, 30, to death in a South Hill home. He later disposed of evidence in Auburn. Boisselle was cha...Read on...

Posted on: December 19, 2014

Fuller sentenced to 25 years in prison for cabbie killing

TACOMA, WA – Today Jaycee Fuller, 37, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing cab driver Mohamud Ahmed. In November, a jury convicted Fuller of murder in the first degree.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Deputy Prosecutor Erika Nohavec tried the...Read on...

Posted on: December 16, 2014

Woman charged with vehicular homicide in death of Puyallup pastor

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kallie Marion James, 19, with vehicular homicide for running through a stop sign and striking Pastor Eric Renz as he rode his bicycle in Puyallup. James was charged with vehicular assault ...Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2014

Fuller convicted of murder in cabbie killing

TACOMA, WA – After deliberating for approximately an hour, today a Pierce County jury convicted Jaycee Fuller, 37, of murder in the first degree for killing cab driver Mohamud Ahmed.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Deputy Prosecutor Erika Nohavec tried t...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2014

Second suspect charged in home invasion, one burglar dead

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Qiuordai Lewis Taylor, 17, with manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and...Read on...

Posted on: November 20, 2014

Gang member charged in home invasion, one burglar dead

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Duprea Romon Wilson, 19, with manslaughter in the first degree, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, kidnapping in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and a...Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2014

Gang member charged with human trafficking

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Marteze Ravoine Clair, 27, and Erica Jade Cromartie, 23, with human trafficking in the first degree, leading organized crime, promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and promoting pr...Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2014

Murder charges filed in 2006 cold case

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Brandon Lee Farmer, 29, with murder in the first degree for the 2006 shooting death of Velma Tirado, 45. Farmer shot Tirado in the head. Farmer is currently in custody in West Virginia on ...Read on...

Posted on: November 3, 2014

Prosecutor Lindquist to deliver opening statements in Fuller trial

TACOMA, WA – Prosecutor Mark Lindquist is expected to deliver opening statements this morning in the retrial of Jaycee Fuller, 37, who is charged with the 2009 stabbing death of Tacoma taxi driver, Mohamud Ahmed. Opening statements will begin at 9:30 a.m....Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2014

Medical Examiner finds manner of death an accident

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the death of Ronald Hillstrom, 44, have been completed. Hillstrom’s ...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2014

Student charged for tweeting about shooting threat

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tavian Da’Rece Burns, 16, with felony harassment for using his Twitter account to threaten a shooting at Franklin Pierce High School. Burns is scheduled to appear today at 1:30 p.m. at Rem...Read on...

Posted on: October 27, 2014

Possession of child pornography charge reinstated against Steven Powell

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist reinstated a charge of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the second degree against Steven Craig Powell, 64. A 2012 search of his home revealed that Powell...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2014

Lakewood man charged with wife’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, with murder in the first degree for shooting his wife to death in their Lakewood apartment. He is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room 270 o...Read on...

Posted on: October 20, 2014

Request for no-bail hold extension on Lakewood shooting suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will request that a judge order an extension of a no-bail hold for Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, while the investigation into the death of his wife continues. On Oct. 17, 2014, a judge found pro...Read on...

Posted on: October 17, 2014

72-hour hold on Lakewood shooting suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will request that a judge find probable cause to order a 72-hour hold for Skylar Nikolas Bear Nemetz, 20, while the investigation into the death of his wife continues. He is scheduled to appear to...Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2014

Man sentenced to life without parole for Tacoma homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Aaron Lamar Livingston, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder. Livingston was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

"This plea of g...Read on...

Posted on: October 10, 2014

Gang member sentenced to 40 years in prison for 2010 murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Demar Michael Nelson, 27, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting James Guillory Jr., 28, to death in 2010. Yesterday, a jury convicted Nelson of murder in the first degree.

"This is another successful prosecution of a viol...Read on...

Posted on: September 26, 2014

Prosecutor to seek life without parole in Tacoma homicide

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will seek a life in prison without the possibility of parole sentence for Aaron Lamar Livingston, 39. Livingston has been charged with two counts of aggravated first degree murder and one count of attem...Read on...

Posted on: September 18, 2014

Couple charged for Lakewood bank robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael David Winston, II, 27, and Brittney Winston, 26, with attempted robbery in the first degree. Michael was shot by an armored car guard as Michael attempted to rob him. Michael’s wif...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2014

Gang member charged in Lincoln District murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Vernon Lewis Curry, Jr., 32, with murder in the first degree for the Sept. 7, 2014 shooting death of Michael Allen Ward, Jr., 33, in Tacoma’s Lincoln District. Curry is scheduled to be arr...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2014

Father charged with cold-case killing of 3-year-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Stanley Guidroz, 57, with manslaughter in the first degree for killing his 3-year-old son, Wallace Guidroz, in 1983. Guidroz is currently being held in a Louisiana prison for the murder of...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2014

Man pleads guilty to 1986 cold-case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Christopher Leon Smith, 51, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree for the 1986 killing of Tacoma-resident Carol Davidson. She was 46-years-old at the time of her death. Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m....Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2014

Lakewood bank robber charged

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Daniel Adam Mills, 30, with robbery in the first degree for holding up a Lakewood bank yesterday. He is a suspect in several other recent bank robberies in the Puget Sound region. Mills is...Read on...

Posted on: September 5, 2014

South Hill man wanted for murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Clifford Boisselle, 34, with murder in the first degree. Last month, Boisselle shot Brandon Shane Zomalt, 30, to death in a South Hill home. He later disposed of evidence in Auburn...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2014

Woman charged for starting fire in courthouse

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Charlotte Ann Clark, 41, with criminal impersonation in the first degree, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and reckless burning in the second degree. She lit a fire in a rest...Read on...

Posted on: August 29, 2014

Teacher Sentenced in Rape Case

TACOMA, WA – Today Former Lincoln High School teacher, Meredith Powell, was sentenced on two counts of Rape of a Child in the Third Degree and one count of Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. The court imposed 60 months, the high-end of the ...Read on...

Posted on: August 26, 2014

Three men charged for murder at Tacoma motel

TACOMA, WA – Marcus Boykin, 30, and Aron Skaro, 32, will be arraigned today for the shooting death of Kevin Young, 41, in his Tacoma motel room last week. Yesterday Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged the defendants with murder in the first degree and robbe...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2014

Puyallup Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing 100,000 Child Porn Images

TACOMA, WA – Today John Graff, 56, pleaded guilty to possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree. Graff possessed more than 100,000 images of child pornography on his computer. He is scheduled to be sentence...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2014

Teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael Allen, 33, pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in the first degree, and violation of a no contact order. Allen, a University Place biology teacher, had sex multiple times with his 17-year-old student. After he was a...Read on...

Posted on: August 20, 2014

Aggravated Murder Charges in Double Homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Richard Atkisson, 40, with two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for beating Joseph Mosia, 66, and Michael Henderson, 20, to death inside their Spanaway home. The only two p...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2014

72-hour hold on Spanaway double-homicide suspect

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested a 72-hour hold on Richard Atkisson, 40, who was arrested by Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives for the murders of two individuals in Spanaway. Atkisson appeared in Superior Court today a...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2014

White River School District employee pockets cash from after school program

TACOMA, WA – Today Victor Robbins, 44, pleaded not guilty to theft in the first degree for stealing over $20,000 from the White River School District. Robbins, who was employed by the school district, pocketed parents’ cash payments for after school progr...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2014

Man charged for filming up girls’ skirts at South Hill Mall

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nicholas Shreck, 36, with voyeurism for using a hidden video camera to film up girls’ skirts at Puyallup’s South Hill Mall. Shreck was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is being held in lie...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

Man bilks thousands from 80-year-old victim

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor charged Tino Sabala, 36, with two counts of theft in the second degree, and one count of theft in the third degree for stealing $3,500 from an elderly Tacoma man. Sabala was arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. and is b...Read on...

Posted on: August 7, 2014

DNA match leads to charges in 1993 cold case murder

TACOMA, WA – Today James Mitchell, 50, was arrested in Florida for stabbing Linda Robinson to death at her Pierce County residence in 1993. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Mitchell with murder in the first degree last week, and a bench war...Read on...

Posted on: August 6, 2014

Prosecutor finds officer’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Chase Houston, 28, have been completed. Housto...Read on...

Posted on: August 1, 2014

Jury convicts two men of 1988 Tacoma gang murder

TACOMA, WA – Today a jury found Anthony Ralls, 45, and Nathaniel Miles, 49, guilty, convicting them of murder in the first degree. In 1988, the defendants murdered Bernard Houston during a drive-by shooting in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. Additionally, ...Read on...

Posted on: July 25, 2014

Tacoma father charged for spiking son’s bottle with ketamine

TACOMA, WA – Today Scott Rasmus, 34, pleaded not guilty to assault of a child in the first degree and unlawful possession of a firearm. The Tacoma man drugged his 5-month-old son earlier this year, nearly killing him. Rasmus was arraigned today at 1:30 p....Read on...

Posted on: July 16, 2014

Youth baseball club’s officers plead not guilty to theft charges

TACOMA, WA – Today Ryan Rhoads, 41, and Eric Jacobs, 42, pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft in the second degree, three counts of unlawful issuance of checks or drafts, one count of attempted theft in the second degree, and one count of theft in th...Read on...

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Toddler ingests meth, mother charged with his death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Alyia Iverson, 26, with manslaughter in the first degree after her toddler son ingested meth in her Spanaway home and died. Iverson is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in ro...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2014

Bail increase for Lakebay man charged with girlfriend’s murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist requested an increase in bail for William Grisso, 41. The defendant is charged with murder in the first degree for killing his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’...Read on...

Posted on: July 11, 2014

University Place teacher charged for dealing oxycodone pills

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Brian Bennett, 33, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Brian McLeod, 25, have been completed. McLeod ...Read on...

Posted on: July 10, 2014

Lakebay man charged for killing girlfriend he reported missing

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged William Grisso, 41, with murder in the first degree for killing his girlfriend, Nancy Gardner, 45, whom he had reported missing. Gardner’s cell phone led detectives to her body in Belfair....Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2014

Tacoma man charged for killing wife during argument

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Darrin Brooks, 48, with murder in the second degree for shooting and killing his wife, Renee Brooks, 28, in their Tacoma apartment. He was arraigned today and bail was set at $1 million. ...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2014

Youth baseball club’s officers charged with theft

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ryan Rhoads, 41, and Eric Jacobs, 42, with two counts of theft in the second degree, three counts of unlawful issuance of checks or drafts, one count of attempted theft in the second degre...Read on...

Posted on: June 27, 2014

Man with grenade charged for drugs and weapons

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Joshua Lobben, 26, with five counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, one count each of possession of an explosive device and unlawful possession of ...Read on...

Posted on: June 25, 2014

Toddler dies from abuse, father charged with murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kingsa McKnight, 32, with homicide by abuse and murder in the second degree for beating his 3-year-old son to death. McKnight is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room 270 of...Read on...

Posted on: June 24, 2014

Two men charged with murder for drug deal gone bad

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Thomas Law, II, 30, and Brandon Wilburn, 22, with murder in the second degree for shooting and killing Phillip Little, 27, during a drug deal last month in University Place. The defendants...Read on...

Posted on: June 18, 2014

Father charged for making hash oil, giving it to teen daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Miller, 45, with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance to a person under the age of eighteen, unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, and reckless endangerment. Mil...Read on...

Posted on: June 13, 2014

Teen charged for beating father to death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Rylan Salzman, 16, with murder in the second degree for beating his father, Richard Salzman, 49, to death with a cane at their Tacoma home. The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today...Read on...

Posted on: June 6, 2014

Convicted murderer receives new sentence in 1987 slaying

TACOMA, WA – Today Barry Massey, 40, received a new sentence of 25 years to life for the 1987 murder of Paul Wang. Massey, who was 13 at the time of the murder, was charged as an adult with aggravated murder in the first degree. A jury convicted him, and ...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Gang member sentenced to 38 years for murder at warehouse party

TACOMA, WA - Today Devennice Gaines, 37, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for shooting and killing Bruce Price, 40, at an after-hours party. In April, a jury convicted Gaines of two counts of murder in the second degree and unlawful possession of a fir...Read on...

Posted on: June 5, 2014

Man charged with vehicular homicide in high-speed crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Miguel Argueta, 26, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for causing a high-speed crash that injured his passenger, Ledonna Booth, 34, and killed Quinnton Dimmitt, 17. The defenda...Read on...

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Prosecutor finds deputy’s use of deadly force lawful

TACOMA, WA – Independent and concurrent investigations by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting death of Michael Lee Bourquin, 21, have been completed...Read on...

Posted on: May 29, 2014

Man charged with vehicular homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Tamayo, 44, with vehicular homicide for hitting and killing Mark Nigh, 56, with his vehicle in downtown Tacoma last week. He is also charged with unlawful possession of a controlled ...Read on...