Teens who killed Tuba Man would only face maximum 5-year sentence

tubamanTwo of the three Seattle teenagers who have pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael would only face 72 months in juvenile detention if served with a maximum sentencing.  The third teenager would only face up to 36 months.

The three teens brutally beat and robbed McMichael in the early morning hours of Oct. 25, 2008.  McMichael, who received hospital treatment for his wounds, was found dead in his home eight days later on Nov. 3.  His death came as a result of trauma from his injuries.

The teens, who were all 15-years-old when the crime was committed, could not have been tried as adults, according to King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

The Tuba Man was a Seattle sports icon who frequently serenaded local fans with his music before and after games.  He became synonymous with the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, and Thunderbirds and has been sorely missed since his premature passing.  McMichael was 53.

4 thoughts on “Teens who killed Tuba Man would only face maximum 5-year sentence”

  1. They pled guilty so they would receive the lesser sentence and it likely will be less that 2 years. The judge accepted the plea to save the system money. Great justice system we have. I say send them to Iraq, perhaps with all the rebuilding we are doing over there we could build some prisons to house our criminals, I’m sure it would be cheaper and would help employ Iraqis.

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