20 year sentence for "unjustified execution" of Aaron Sullivan

Per Seattle PI

A Seattle man accused in the unprovoked slaying of another teen was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. Tristan Appleberry, 20, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of Aaron Sullivan, an 18-year-old Seattle youth killed in the July 22, 2009, outside Appleberry’s Leschi neighborhood home.

In what was described by prosecutors as an “unjustified execution” of an unarmed man, Appleberry shot Sullivan in the back of the head as he drove from Appleberry’s home. Sullivan died almost instantly from the wound.

Writing the court, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Baird noted that Appleberry’s attorneys had insisted that their client was guilty of nothing more than manslaughter, arguing that a verbal altercation earlier in the day led to the slaying.

Baird disagreed.

“The law does not give a discounted sentence to someone who killed a person who offended him,” Baird said in a sentencing memo submitted to the court before Friday’s hearing.

“The defendant,” the prosecutor continued, “who was intoxicated, escalated a rather unremarkable — admittedly hostile but completely non-violent — altercation between two groups of young men into a firearm fatality.”



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Teen charged as an adult in robbery of missing puppy reward

A Seattle teen who police say contacted a distraught couple offering a reward for their missing puppy and then robbed them at gunpoint has been arrested and charged.

Ceandrik Davis, 17, was charged as an adult with first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dana Cashman wrote in charging documents that Davis has a lengthy criminal history for multiple assaults, vehicle theft, harassment and theft charges …… “it is rare to see such a long [criminal] history in someone not yet 18 years old.”

Today’s PI story on Aaron Sullivan

From the Seattle PI:

Debra Sullivan, a black woman, questioned why the picture of her son’s killer, a white teen from Leschi, hasn’t been shown on local television news. Friends questioned if the case had been downplayed — by the media and authorities — because of the race issue, as opposed to the recent South Park case, in which a black man killed a white woman.

She worries people will rush to judge her son. “No one’s going to say my son’s half-white,” she said. “He’ll just be that black kid. People need to know my son.”


A funeral for Aaron Sullivan has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 1 at St. Therese Parish. A vigil is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Rainier Community Center.

$1 mil Bail for Tristan Appleberry

Per Seattle Times Story July 24, 2009 at 2:50 PM Posted by Jennifer Sullivan  

A King County judge today set bail at $1 million for Tristan Appleberry, 19, suspected of killing an 18-year-old man Wednesday night in the Leschi neighborhood. Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said that his office plans to charge Appleberry with murder by Monday.

Appleberry is accused of fatally shooting Aaron Sullivan while Sullivan was inside a car in the 800 block of 32nd Avenue South. Witnesses to the shooting said that Appleberry’s mother, who lives just a few steps away from the shooting scene, witnessed what happened, according to a Seattle police report.