On April 24th a King County jury convicted Ivory Berube for the July 12th, 2008 shooting of Tanisha Barquet. He was sentenced to 25 to 32 years in state prison for the assault that left the victim with life-threatening but non-fatal wounds to the leg and neck. The long sentence is in part due to his lengthy criminal history, which includes convictions for assault, theft, and various drug violations.
The incident began on Friday July 11th when the victim was confronted by the suspect and his brother Emory outside of Thompson’s Point of View, where Emory accused her of being involved in an earlier incident where one of his friends was shot in the arm. He then threatened to “kick her ass” and do “some serious harm” to her. The victim and her friend then got in their vehicle and left the scene.
Early the next morning the two made another stop for a drink at a lounge in the 1200 block of E. Jefferson, where she again ran into the Berube brothers and was shot by Ivory.
The King County Prosecutor’s office notes that this case was only solved due to the survival and cooperation of the victim:
While the shooting was witnessed by as many as 15 witnesses, not one came forward to help police solve this crime. Fortunately, the victim survived and was able to identify the defendant as the shooter. Without the hard work and dedication of the Seattle Police Department’s Homicide and Gang Units, this case would not have been solved.
Emory was arrested a few days later outside of Thompson’s Point of View, and charged with assault and drug possession. He pleaded guilty to those charges on April 13th and awaits sentencing.