The King County Prosecutor’s Office just issued a press release that Andrew Patterson has pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the May 2012 shooting death of Justin Ferrari.
He faces 15 to 22 years in prison. King County Prosecutors will recommend 19.25 years. He will be sentenced August 23.
What started as an argument escalated quickly into tragedy as Patterson pulled a gun and fired shots, police documents said. Justin Ferrari was driving his van through the intersection at exactly the wrong time and was struck in the head.
His parents and children were in the van with him when it happened. His children sought safety in a nearby restaurant while his father held him until he died.
The tragedy and other unsolved murders in the area shook the neighborhood and prompted several public safety meetings and vigils.
More details on the guilty plea from the King County Prosecutor:
Andrew Patterson pleaded guilty this afternoon to Murder in the Second Degree as charged for the shooting death of Justin Ferrari, who was killed by a stray bullet in May 2012 as he drove through Seattle’s Central District with his family. Patterson was in a dispute with another individual when he opened fire from across a street. A stray bullet struck Ferrari in the head as he was driving through an intersection with his parents and his two young children in the car. The sentence range, which includes a firearm enhancement, is 183 to 280 months in prison. Prosecutors will recommend 231 months. “The random, tragic and senseless death of Justin Ferrari was the result of this defendant’s decision to use a gun to settle a petty dispute,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. “Every person in the neighborhood was a potential victim of his irrational and erratic use of deadly force,” he added. Sentencing is scheduled for August 23 at 2 p.m. before Judge Timothy Bradshaw at the King County Courthouse.