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    3 Teens Plead Guilty in Brutal Killing of Tuba Man
    Report; Posted on: 2009-04-03 21:09:07 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    72 weeks in juvie for murder. That's it.

    Three teens have pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in last year's brutal killing of Ed McMichael, better known as the "Tuba Man," King County officials said Friday.

    The guilty pleas came during a hearing Friday in King County Juvenile Court. But none of the teens will face a sentence longer than 72 weeks in juvenile detention.

    Two of the three suspects also pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery for an earlier robbery not connected to the Tuba Man case, said Dan Donohoe of the King County Prosecutor's Office.

    McMichael, a beloved character on the Seattle scene who played his tuba outside many public events, was walking home near a bus stop on Seattle's Mercer Street last Oct. 25 when five teens attacked him. Police said the five kicked and beat him and tried to rob him.

    Three suspects were caught, but two others fled the scene and still have not been found.

    The three who pleaded guilty were identified as Kenneth Kelly,(B) 15; Ja'Mari Jones (B), 16; and Billy Chambers (B), 16. All were 15 at the time of the attack.

    King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said the names of convicted juveniles are not released in most criminal cases. But the suspects were identified in this case due to the high-profile nature of the crime, he said.

    Jones and Chambers pleaded guilty to both manslaughter and robbery, and face a maximum sentence of up to 72 weeks. The robbery charge is for the robbery of another victim earlier in the evening.

    Kelly, who was the first to assault McMichael, pleaded guilty to manslaughter - but not the unconnected robbery - and faces a sentence of up to 36 weeks.

    The three are scheduled to be sentenced April 22.


    News Source: komo


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