Crime Victims Compensation

NEWS and PRESS RELEASES

PROSECUTOR FILES LAWSUIT TO OUST LANGLEY MAYOR FROM OFFICE

December 20, 2012 The Island County Prosecutor has filed a civil “quo warranto” lawsuit to obtain a judgment determining the status of Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick after Mr. Kwarsick was convicted of “False Report by a Public Officer” on December 17, 2012. The lawsuit is intended to enforce a provision of State law that requires public officials convicted of criminal malfeasance to step down from office, and to be forever barred from holding public office.

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PROSECUTOR DECLINES TO CHARGE SNOHOMISH COUNTY EXECUTIVE IN OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATION

June 13, 2012 I have reviewed the investigation by the Washington State Patrol into allegations that Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon improperly used government funds for personal benefit. I have concluded that there is insufficient evidence to justify the filing of charges. Follow the link below to see the full press release:

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MEDIA STATEMENT REGARDING DECISION NOT TO SEEK
THE DEATH PENALTY FOR JOSHUA LAMBERT

February 23, 2012 I have decided not to seek the death penalty against Joshua David Lambert for the alleged murder of his two grandfathers, George Daniel Lambert and August "Gene" Eisner.  This is the most significant decision a prosecutor is required to make.  I believe the public is entitled to see the full rationale behind my decision.  Follow the link below to see the full press release issued to the media.

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PLEA HEARING DOCUMENTS IN
STATE OF WASHINGTON v. COLTON HARRIS-MOORE

December 15 , 2011. Because of the volume of media requests regarding the criminal case against Colton Harris-Moore in Island County, we are posting the new charging documents filed on December 15, 2011 as well as other materials that have been filed in preparation for the December 16, 2011 plea hearing.  Regrettably, we do not have the resources to respond to all of your requests. 

View the December 16, 2011 sentencing hearing

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PEGGY THOMAS SECOND DEFENDANT CHARGED IN MURDER OF RUSSEL DOUGLAS - ARRESTED BY AUTHORITIES IN NEW MEXICO

July 11 , 2011. Last week, on July 6, we charged Peggy Thomas as an accomplice in the 2003 murder of Russel Douglas.  The Superior Court issued a warrant, with bail set at $5 million dollars.  The San Juan County, New Mexico fugitive response team arrested near her houseboat in Navajo Dam, New Mexico on Saturday, July 9. She is now awaiting extradition to Washington.

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JAMES HUDEN ARRESTED IN MEXICO
FOR ISLAND COUNTY MURDER OF RUSSEL DOUGLAS

June 10, 2011. James Huden was arrested in Veracruz, Mexico on June 9, 2011.  Huden has been a fugitive from Island County since we filed first degree murder charges against him in May, 2005 for the December 26, 2003 slaying of Russel A. Douglas of Langley, Washington.  An Island County Superior Court judge issued an arrest warrant in 2005 with bail set at $1,000,000....

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