MAN ENTERS PLEA IN MONROE MAN'S DEATH
July 18, 2008
(MONROE, WA) -- A former Monroe motel resident has entered a modified guilty plea in the death early this year of the man who was the motel’s manager. Thirty-year old Jesse Bullington has entered an alford plea plea to 2nd degree manslaughter in the beating death of 46-year old Monroe motel manager Kenneth Wolfe on February 26th.
The plea allows Bullington to deny wrongdoing in the crime while acknowledging there is enough evidence to convince a jury he's guilty of the offense. He will be sentenced August seventh.
Prosecutors had originally charged Bullington with first-degree manslaughter but accepted a plea agreement for the lesser offense earlier this week.
The Snohomish County prosecutor’s office will request a nearly four-year prison term when Bullington is sentenced on the plea. Bullington's police record includes five felony convictions in the state of Nebraska.
Witnesses said Bullington got into an argument with Wolfe in the parking lot of the Brookside Motel on Highway 2 over Bullington’s eviction from the motel by Wolfe. Bullington reportedly punched Wolfe with his first once, which knocked Wolfe to the ground where his head hit the pavement fracturing his skull. Wolfe died a short time later.
The death of Wolfe is eerily similar to a crime that recently occurred in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. A 60-year-old man who was tending a small garden in a traffic circle died after he was sucker-punched once by a stranger and hit his head on the ground causing a fatal injury. Seattle police arrested a suspect Wednesday who turned himself in. He has been charged with second-degree murder.