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27 MONTH SENTENCE IN KILLING OF MONROE MAN
August 08, 2008
(EVERETT, WA) -- In a Snohomish County court room yesterday the laws of Washington state decided what a Monroe man’s life was worth: twenty-four months in prison for the man who’s fist delivered the fatal blow that ended a man’s life.
County Superior Court Judge Michael Downes sentenced 30-year old Jesse Bullington to two years in prison for throwing the punch last February 26th that led to the death of Monroe motel manager Kenneth Wolfe in the parking lot of the motel Wolfe managed.
The punch immediately dropped the 46-year old Wolfe who’s head then hit the pavement with such force the impact fractured his skull. Wolfe, a father and grandfather, died a short time later.
Bullington threw the punch that killed Wolfe during an argument with Wolfe outside the Brookside Motel on Highway 2 after Wolfe evicted Bullington. The eviction was over a dispute involving dogs belonging to another motel resident.
At the time of sentencing Bullington had a criminal record including five felony convictions in Nebraska.
Bullington pleaded guilty last month to second-degree manslaughter in an Alford plea. Such a plea allows a defendant to deny wrongdoing in a crime while admitting there is sufficient evidence for a jury to likely find the defendant guilty of the charge.