Despite his pleas for leniency, a Skyway man who was wounded by Seattle police after he opened fire on gang detectives outside a South Lake Union nightclub was sentenced Friday to nearly 65 years in prison.
Larry Dawson Daley Jr., 24, insisted he was innocent.
“I’m a young man with a lot of life to live,” Daley said in King County Superior Court. “Don’t take me away from my mom and my family for so long.”
Daley’s mother asked Judge William Downing to give her son a reduced sentence, insisting that as the son of a police officer, Daley knew better than to shoot at Seattle police.
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But Downing, who presided over Daley’s bench trial earlier this year, said he was familiar with the facts of the case. Downing had found Daley guilty of four counts of first-degree assault (each with a firearms enhancement) and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
He told Daley’s mother that she should have made her son stay home the night of the shooting.
At 1:41 a.m. Nov. 25, 2012, an employee at the Citrus Lounge called 911 but wouldn’t say why police were needed, charging papers say.
Officers responded to the nightclub, at 1001 Fairview Ave. N., while three gang-unit officers arrived in one car and parked across the street so they could watch the parking lot, the papers say.
As people poured out of the club at closing time, the officers saw and heard “angry yelling, challenges, name calling, obscenities and wild gesturing” among several groups of young men, the papers say.
Officers heard a gunshot and saw a young man — later identified as Daley — pull a handgun from his clothing and start firing into the crowd, according to charging papers. The officers got out of the car and yelled at Daley to stop, but he ran back toward the crowd, fired another shot, then ran directly at the officers before changing course and running south on nearby Yale Avenue North, the papers say.
Daley started chasing another man and pointed his gun at him, the papers say.
Two of the officers fired at Daley, who then turned and shot at the officers, the papers say.
Daley collapsed on the sidewalk and tried to hide under a bush, but was arrested, charging papers say. The officers recovered a 9mm handgun and several shell casings, the papers say.
Daley, a felon with a lengthy criminal history, was treated at Harborview Medical Center.
Brandi Barker, a longtime friend of the Daley family, said Friday that the sentence was simply too excessive.
“Nobody was harmed. No lives were lost,” she said.
Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or email@example.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.
Seattle Times news researcher Gene Balk contributed to this report, which includes information from Times archives.