Sentencing in Shoreline 7-11 Homicide

Monday, March 15, 2010

(Editor: we published the background portion of this story earlier today without updating it. Here's the current version. Thanks to those who let us know and sent additional information.)

Some information used is from Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff's Office

After pleading guilty in October 2009 to the killing of Shoreline 7-11 clerk, Ho Viet Ton, 49, Julian Reyes was sentenced Friday to 21 - 1/2 years in prison.

Ho Ton was found dead on December 10, 2006 shortly after 4am outside the store at NE 165th and 5th Avenue NE where he was a convenience clerk.

Julian Eduardo Reyes, 19 at the time, lived in Shoreline not far from the store where the shooting took place. He was arrested December 14, 2006 at a south Seattle business where he worked and taken into custody without incident.

Detectives zeroed in on Reyes as a suspect after video showed a 1991 Jeep Cherokee at the store twice the night of the murder. The second visit was at the approximate time Ton was killed. The license plate was not visible on the video. However, an observant Shoreline Police Community Service Officer spotted a similar Jeep Cherokee in Shoreline on Tuesday, December 12, 2006. She followed the Jeep and turned the license number over to detectives.

After additional detective work. including surveillance and several search warrants to recover the handgun used in the homicide, detectives made the arrest, which led to last year's guilty plea and Friday's sentencing.


Anonymous,  March 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

This guy was sentenced on Friday for the crime, the arrest is an old story, a couple of years old.

His sentence was 21-1/2 years:

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