Lynnwood man gets 45 years for murder

A Lynnwood man who killed Michael Yohannes in downtown Seattle three years ago was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Friday during a sentencing hearing he interrupted continuously.

Our news partner, the Seattle Times, reports that Tomas Afeworki, 30, who represented himself at trial after plowing through four public defenders, argued with the judge, interrupted his own sentencing attorney, refused to sign documents, claimed his fingerprints had been taken under torture and was so disruptive the judge finally ordered him taken from the courtroom.

“Just stop,” shouted King County Superior Court Judge Laura Middaugh when Afeworki refused to stop talking about evidence he wanted to admit, his appeal, his desire for courtroom transcripts, the conspiracy he said surrounded his prosecution and a “monkey clock” he claimed showed evidence of racial bias.

Read the story here.


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