More to the Story: Teen Arrested After Gunfire at Mariner High School

More information is emerging in the Mariner High School shooting which occurred on Monday (June 13, 2022); a case that I am following closely.

The 15-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday for investigation of unlawful possession of a firearm, disturbing school activity and possession of a dangerous weapon on school property. The next day, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janice Ellis found probable cause for the charges and set bail at $250 (?!). The teen posted bail that day and was released from Denney Juvenile Justice Center. This same teen was given a deferred sentence in 2020 for two counts of theft of a firearm. To read the original article, please click >> HERE <<.

It seems to me this young man didn’t learn his lesson the first time. Really, who could blame him; what lesson is there to be learned when you face no consequences for stealing at least two firearms? I say “at least” because while I don’t know the facts of the previous case, I do know the current prosecutor appears to often undercharge crimes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were additional crimes committed that the prosecutor ignored.

Following most school shootings, we often learn that the shooter was "known to law enforcement," and the question is often asked “why wasn’t anything done to prevent this?” Why indeed. Why was a young man who was previously convicted for stealing firearms, likely undercharged (in my opinion) following a shooting outside Mariner High School released on only $250 bail?

I pray justice is served before he kills someone - or multiple people - leaving the community to ask, “why wasn’t anything done to prevent this?”

It is time for a new Prosecutor in Snohomish County, someone who takes crime seriously and will hold criminals accountable for their actions. I commit to do just that as I ask for your vote in the 2022 elections.

Brett Rogers

for Snohomish County Prosecutor (R)

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