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Posted on: March 31, 2014

Deputy Prosecutor Kara Sanchez honored by Sheriff's Department

TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 28, Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor honored law enforcement employees at the department’s Annual Awards Ceremony. Among those recognized was the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Kara... Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2014

Father sentenced to 16 years for placing baby in freezer

TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Deutsch, 26, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for beating his infant daughter and placing her in his freezer. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31, 2014 to assault of a child in the first degree... Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 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 Justin Michael... Read on...

Posted on: March 17, 2014

Pierce County wins disabilities lawsuit

TACOMA, WA – On Mar. 7, 2014, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed in federal court by a former jail inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of violating her rights under... Read on...

Posted on: March 7, 2014

Deputy Prosecutor Sorensen appointed to be judge

TACOMA, WA -- Today Washington State Governor Jay Inslee appointed Deputy Prosecutor Phil Sorensen to be a Pierce County Superior Court judge. He will take the bench on April 1 and be publicly sworn in on April 3. Sorensen... Read on...

Posted on: March 5, 2014

Man charged for fatal car crash

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Anderson Hamilton, 48, with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault for causing a severe car crash that killed one person and... Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2014

Two more defendants charged with murder in car theft retaliation

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Presley Lind, 28, and Christopher Olsen, 32, with murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and unlawful possession of a firearm for a... Read on...

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Man charged with murder for car theft retaliation

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Nathan Stevenson, 25, with murder in the first degree and murder in the second degree for a Frederickson shooting that killed Robert Ward, 24. The defendant... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Tarrer sentenced to 74 years in third murder trial

TACOMA, WA – Today Larry Tarrer, 40, was sentenced to 74 years in prison for a 1991 shooting that paralyzed Claudia McCorvey, and killed McCorvey’s unborn son and Lavern Simpkins. On Feb. 10, 2014, a jury convicted the... Read on...

Posted on: February 14, 2014

Man sentenced to 16 and a half years for shaking 7-day-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 19, was sentenced to 16 and a half years in prison for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to Assault of a Child in the First Degree.... Read on...

Posted on: February 13, 2014

Father charged for suffocating 2-year-old daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Salvador Sanchez-Orozco, 26, with murder in the first degree for squeezing his 2-year-old daughter to death at his Tacoma apartment. He is scheduled to be... Read on...

Posted on: February 12, 2014

Babysitter charged for raping boys in his care

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jonathan Harris, 26, with multiple counts of child rape, child molestation and possessing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Charging decision still pending in Puyallup shooting

TACOMA, WA – Prosecutor Mark Lindquist announced today that his office is still reviewing evidence in the Puyallup shooting, where a 13-year-old boy shot his friend. The suspect will be released to his parents and is not... Read on...

Posted on: February 11, 2014

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist issues statement on Governor’s death penalty moratorium

“In our system of justice, the Governor has authority under the law to halt death warrants. Governor Inslee announced today that there will be a moratorium on the death penalty during his term.

“I know the Governor’s... Read on...

Posted on: February 7, 2014

Tacoma teacher charged for having sex with high school students

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Meredith Powell, 24, with two counts of child rape in the third degree and communication with a minor for immoral purposes. She engaged in sexual... Read on...

Posted on: February 6, 2014

Father pleads guilty to murdering his adult children

TACOMA, WA – Today Michael League, 69, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the second degree for killing his adult children, Dennis League and Danielle Faucett, at his Puyallup home in 2013. Deputy Prosecutor Stephen... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2014

No criminal charges for Spanaway dog owner

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will not file criminal charges against the owner of two dogs that attacked a Spanaway woman last year because the investigation did not yield evidence to support any... Read on...

Posted on: January 31, 2014

Guilty plea from man who shook 7-day-old son

TACOMA, WA – Today Joshua Sullivan, 18, pleaded guilty to Assault of a Child in the First Degree for violently shaking his 7-day-old son, causing severe injuries. The state will request an exceptional sentence of 20 years in... Read on...

Posted on: January 21, 2014

Defendant charged with murder, robbery and eluding

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Chase Devyver, 29, with murder in the second degree, attempted murder in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, and attempting to elude a pursuing... Read on...

Posted on: January 17, 2014

Savage sentenced to life without parole

TACOMA, WA – Today Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole after a jury convicted him of aggravated murder on Dec. 17, 2013. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old... Read on...

Posted on: January 16, 2014

‘Doomsday Prepper’ charged for illegal firearms

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tyler Smith, 26, with unlawful possession of a firearm after he discharged two rifles on the reality television show “Doomsday Preppers.” The defendant is a... Read on...

Posted on: January 14, 2014

Conviction affirmed in murder of four Lakewood officers

TACOMA, WA – Today the Washington State Court of Appeals affirmed four Aggravated Murder convictions for Darcus Allen, 42. In June 2011, Allen was sentenced to 420 years in prison for his involvement in the shooting deaths... Read on...

Posted on: January 9, 2014

Man charged in oxycodone robbery

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jared Gloster, 31, with two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree for stealing Oxycodone from two South Hill pharmacies. Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce... Read on...

Posted on: January 2, 2014

Man Charged for 1991 Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Michael Schaef, 51, with Murder in the First Degree for the 1991 shooting death of Jerald Iafrati. The defendant killed the victim during a drug deal.
... Read on...

Posted on: December 30, 2013

Man Charged in Fox Island Stabbing Death

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jason Madron, 30, with Murder in the First Degree for stabbing Jacob Glenn, 23, to death near a Fox Island gas station.

“This was a disturbing crime,... Read on...

Posted on: December 20, 2013

White Supremacists Charged in Stabbing Death

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeffrey Cooke, 32, Melissa Bourgault, 33, Mark Stredicke, 37, Eric Elliser, 33, and Shane McKrittrick, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree and Conspiracy... Read on...

Posted on: December 17, 2013

Jury Convicts Savage of Aggravated Murder

Today, a jury found Tyler Wolfegang Savage, 21, guilty as charged, convicting him of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree. In 2010, the defendant raped and murdered 16-year-old developmentally disabled Kimberly “Kimmie”... Read on...

Posted on: December 6, 2013

Man Charged in Assassination of Gang Leader

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Naitaalii Toleafoa, 18, with Murder in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree. The defendant... Read on...

Posted on: November 27, 2013

Jury Applauds Prosecutor, Acquits Defendant in Mock Trial

TACOMA, WA – Today, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee hosted a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial was held in Judge Culpepper’s courtroom at the... Read on...

Posted on: November 26, 2013

Prosecutor Lindquist Hosts Mock Trial for High School Students

TACOMA, WA – On November 27, 2013, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s (PCPAO) Diversity Committee will host a mock trial for Upward Bound high school students. The mock trial will begin at 9:00am in Courtroom... Read on...

Posted on: November 22, 2013

Vandals Charged with Damaging 86 Vehicles

TACOMA, WA – Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist has charged Tyler Graham, 24, Nicole Simons, 22, and James Reynolds, 19, with multiple counts of Malicious Mischief in the Second and Third Degree. During a week-long... Read on...

Posted on: November 21, 2013

Man Sentenced to 50 Years to Life for Murder and Rape of 2-Year-Old

TACOMA, WA – Today Jake Musga, 19, was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison after pleading guilty on September 9, 2013 to Murder in the First Degree and Rape of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant sexually... Read on...

Posted on: November 15, 2013

Mother Sentenced to 40 Years for Bleaching Child's Eyes

TACOMA, WA -Today Jennifer Mothershead, 31, received an exceptional sentence of 40 years in prison after a jury found her guilty on October 4, 2013 of Assault of a Child in the First Degree. The defendant repeatedly put... Read on...

Posted on: November 14, 2013

Man Charged for Killing Girlfriend

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Refugio Sanchez Jr, 32, with Murder in the Second Degree for beating his girlfriend, Angela Cannizzio, and strangling her to death in their Lakewood home... Read on...

Posted on: November 12, 2013

Women Charged in Tacoma Man's Disappearance

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Margaret Effelberg, 38, with Murder in the First Degree for the death of missing Tacoma man, Santiago Cortes. Effelberg and another defendant, Arianna... Read on...

Posted on: November 8, 2013

Man Charged for Trying to Lure 13 Year Old Boy

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Kasey Curulla, 18, with Luring and Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes. The 13 year old victim was walking home from school when the defendant... Read on...

Posted on: November 7, 2013

Man Who Posts Ad For Child Porn Charged

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ngoc Van Tran, 24, with Dealing in Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct. The defendant was arrested after chatting online with an... Read on...

Posted on: November 6, 2013

Police Searching For Man Charged With Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Eric Contreras, 22, with Murder in the First Degree for shooting Victor Zaldivar, 21, at a party near Puyallup. During a confrontation, the defendant pushed... Read on...

Posted on: November 1, 2013

Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Second Vehicular Homicide

TACOMA, WA – Today James Southard, Jr., 51, was sentenced to an exceptional sentence of 27 years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. The defendant struck and killed Gary Slick, who was walking on a roadside in... Read on...

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Man Charged in Drug Cartel Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Ray Turner, 32, with Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Attempted Robbery in the... Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2013

Man Charged with Rape of a Child He Met Online

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Glen Winans, 47, with Rape of a Child in the Second Degree for having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online.

While deployed in Afghanistan, the... Read on...

Posted on: October 25, 2013

Pierce County Wins Jail Lawsuit

TACOMA, WA – Yesterday, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Civil Division won a lawsuit filed by a former inmate. The plaintiff accused the Pierce County Jail of medical malpractice, negligence and civil rights... Read on...

Posted on: October 16, 2013

Father Charged for Assaulting Seven-Week-Old Daughter

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Raymon Tyhia, 35, with Assault of a Child in the First Degree for assaulting and shaking his seven-week-old daughter, causing brain damage.

“We hold fully... Read on...

Posted on: October 15, 2013

Teen Charged with Manslaughter in Shooting

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Tanielu Lotovaivai, 19, with First Degree Manslaughter in the death of Jalon Bea, 17, who died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting was an... Read on...

Posted on: October 8, 2013

Three Men Charged in Soldier's Murder

TACOMA, WA – Today, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremiah Hill, 23, with MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE in the stabbing death of Tevin Geike, 20. Cedarium Johnson, 21, and Ajoni Runnion-Bareford, 21, were... Read on...

Posted on: October 3, 2013

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, the Lakewood Police Department, and the Cooperative Cities/Metro Crime Response Unit... Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2013

Multiple Charges Arise From Killing in Stadium District

TACOMA, WA – Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Jeremy Bennett, 17, and Andrew Boyd, 18, with Murder in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree, in the death of Lawrence F. Howse, 54, a resident... Read on...