Joseph Cooley sentenced to 28 years for the shooting death of Shoreline resident Tiana Montgomery

Saturday, October 26, 2013

From our news partner, The Seattle Times

"King County Superior Court Judge Julia Garratt said she agreed to follow a joint recommendation from the state and defense because of Cooley’s lack of a criminal history and young age. She sentenced him to a prison term just shy of 28 years on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder, the low end of the standard sentence range. Both charges carried firearms enhancements. 
"Garratt said she was sure Cooley wishes he could go back to May 16, 2012, and make a different choice. 
'It’s quite clear from everything I heard that the long-range, domino effect of the split-second decision you made has impacted a whole courtroom of people,' the judge said.
'I believe you when you say you’re remorseful,' Garratt continued. 'Unfortunately, that doesn’t bring back this beautiful young woman.'"

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