Prosecutors Will Ask For Tougher Sentence For Teen In Bus Driver Assault Case

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 9, 2010


Prosecutors plan to seek an exceptional sentence for a 14-year-boy who has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Metro bus driver in January.

The teen pleaded guilty to second-degree assault last week, as first reported in West Seattle Blog. He is to be sentenced Monday in King County Juvenile Court.

The Seattle Times is not naming the youth because he is a being prosecuted as a juvenile.

Prosecutors plan to seek a sentence of 52 to 65 weeks, above the standard range of 15 to 36 weeks, according to Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office.

The assault occurred Jan. 23 on Metro's Route 124 when the bus stopped at South 144th Street and International Boulevard South in Tukwila.

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