Prosecutors want teen charged as an adult in deadly Renton shooting

Renton police say they arrested a 14–year-old boy in connection with a fatal shooting this week.

Prosecutors are asking that the teen be charged as an adult instead of a minor, due to the fact that he has been charged with two murders in the span of three months.

On Wednesday night, officers responded to a report of a shooting outside Circle Foods at 2000 Benson Road South. They found a 54-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds laying on the sidewalk. After life-saving efforts by officers and medics, the man died at the scene. Investigators said the shooter got into a black SUV and left the scene. 

Detectives quickly identified the suspected shooter and located the SUV at a nearby apartment complex. 

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On Jan. 12, police said Valley SWAT operators, detectives and Special Operations units served a search warrant at the apartment and arrested the 14-year-old.

The teen, who was just two weeks away from his 15th birthday, was charged for two separate murders-- this one, and one that occurred in 2021.  

He has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and two counts of two-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. 

If found guilty, it's unclear what the teen could be facing for a sentence.  

In an email to FOX 13, King County prosecutors explained: 

  • A person convicted in adult court for conduct committed prior to their 18th birthday will not face sentencing under the adult guidelines; instead the judge has discretion to go below the standard range applicable to adults.
  • In addition, the youth will be subject to a parole review if convicted of first-degree murder, with the presumption of release as required by Washington State case law.

The prosecutors are not advocating for a life sentence or an exceptional sentence, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office. 

Police are still investigating the shooting and anyone with information is asked to call Renton police at 425-430-7500 and refer to cases 21-10672 and 22-425.

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