Nearly four years after a 15-year-old was shot dead on the steps behind Seattle's Garfield High School, prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 20-year-old man with first-degree murder in what they say was a gang-retaliation shooting.
A 20-year-old man was charged with murder and assault in connection with a shooting at Garfield High School that left one teen dead and another injured on Halloween night four years ago.
King County prosecutors charged Deangelo A. Saloy on Tuesday with first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the slaying of 15-year-old Quincy Coleman and the shooting of a second 15-year-old boy.
Saloy was arrested Monday morning as he walked out of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, where he’d served an 11-month sentence for second-degree assault on a police officer and unlawful possession of a firearm.
He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 1 in King County Superior Court.
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Prosecutors said the murder and assault charges include firearm enhancements and gang aggravators and that Saloy will face a sentence range of 43 to nearly 55 years in prison if he’s convicted as charged.
Coleman was hanging out with a group of friends behind the high school on Oct. 31, 2008, when a silver Ford Taurus pulled up near the group around 9:30 p.m., police said.
A gunman from the back seat of the car opened fire, shooting Coleman twice in the back and wounding another teen, Demario Clark.
Police said Coleman was a member of a Central Area gang and Saloy is a member of a South Seattle gang.
According to court documents, investigators obtained statements from six witnesses who connected Saloy to the shooting.
Saloy is alleged to have told someone that he’d thrown weapons into Lake Washington near Mount Baker Beach Park, where police divers later recovered four weapons, including a gun that is consistent with the one that killed Coleman, court documents say.
Another person wore a wire for police and recorded a conversation with Saloy. During that recorded 2010 conversation, court documents allege, Saloy said that he had been “very upset about the death” of his 16-year-old friend, Pierre LaPointe.
He said that on the night of Coleman’s death, he and some friends had “traveled north to find someone responsible for the shooting,” court documents say.
Police said the video from the recorded conversation also shows Saloy urinating on Coleman’s memorial marker at the high school, the documents say.
In addition to the convictions for which he was just in prison, court documents indicate Saloy has previous convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm, harassment, drugs and possession of stolen property.
“In the four years since the murder of Quincy Coleman on the steps of the Garfield Teen Life Center, this case has served as a rallying cry for violent retribution, and a reminder of the mindless violence among gangs in Seattle,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a news release on Tuesday. “Thanks to the determined work of the Seattle Police Department, particularly Detective Dana Duffy, and the work of King County deputy prosecutors, justice can now be sought in a courtroom instead of the streets.”
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org Information from The Seattle Times archives is included in this report.