Prosecutors Will Seek Death Penalty Against Alleged Cop Killer

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee September 2, 2010

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says he will seek the death penalty for Christopher Monfort, who allegedly waged a one-man war against Seattle police last year.

Monfort is accused of firebombing several SPD patrol cars at a city repair facility in the International District on October 22nd, nine days before he allegedly ambushed and fatally shot Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton—also wounding Officer Britt Sweeney—as they sat in their patrol car in the Central District last Halloween.

Here's the statement from the prosecutor's office:

This morning, I filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in the case of State v. Christopher Monfort, who is charged with aggravated first degree murder for the slaying of Seattle Police Officer Timothy Brenton.

Monfort is also charged with the attempted first degree murder of Seattle Police Officer Britt Sweeney, Officer Brenton's partner, the attempted first degree murder of Seattle Police Sergeant Gary Nelson, arising from Montfort's conduct when apprehended and the arson and attempted murder of additional law enforcement personnel stemming from bombs that were planted at the Charles Street Vehicle Services Facility used by the Seattle Police Department.

The intentional, premeditated and random slaying of a police officer is deserving of the full measure of punishment under the law.  The magnitude of the crimes with which the defendant is charged, and the absence of significant mitigating factors, convinced me that we should submit this case to the jury with the full range of applicable punishments, including the possibility of the death penalty.

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