Eleven months after Aaron Sullivan was killed in Leschi, Tristan Appleberry plead guilty to the crime in court today.
Eye-witnesses had said that the 20-year-old Appleberry came out of his house armed with an assault rifle, and fired it into the back of the car Sullivan was sitting in. The crime reportedly grew out of a dispute over a girl between friends of the victim and suspect.
According to the county prosecutor’s office, they will be asking for a prison sentence of 20 years, about the middle of the standard sentencing range of 15 to 24 years for second degree murder. The sentencing hearing will be held on August 6th at 1:45pm.
When we spoke to prosecutors earlier in the month, they had said that they would consider negotiating on jail time, which appears to have been what happened today.