A man who shot a North Seattle Kmart store manager during a botched robbery in February pleaded guilty today to first-degree attempted robbery with a firearm enhancement and second-degree assault.
Matthew Bateman, 21, is scheduled to be sentenced on May 11. The sentence range is 6 ½ to just over 7 years in prison. Prosecutors say they will recommend a 6 ½ year-sentence.
Police said Bateman was armed with a handgun when he entered the Kmart in the 13200 block of Aurora Avenue North around 9:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 and forced the store manager toward the back of the store to open a safe. There was a struggle and the manager was shot in the torso.
Bateman and the manager then made their way to the front of the store, where a second employee called 911. But by then patrol and SWAT officers were arriving, and they arrested Bateman.
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The manager was treated at Harborview Medical Center.