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King County Prosecutor: Suspected SPU Shooter Considered WSU, EWU As Potential Targets

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SEATTLE, Wash.- King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Tuesday in a news conference that the man accused of going on a shooting spree at Seattle Pacific University considered several other schools first. According to Satterberg, 26 year-old Aaron Ybarra wrote in his journal that he considered Washington State University, Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University as potential targets, before settling on SPU.

On Tuesday Prosecutors filed murder and attempted murder charges against the Mountlake Terrace man, who is accused of killing one person and wounding two others in the shooting at Seattle Pacific University.
    
Satterberg said that Aaron Ybarra will face one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree.
    
Satterberg said the sentencing range for the charges is 69 to 86 years in prison, but authorities will seek an exceptional sentence of life in prison.
    
Ybarra was pepper-sprayed and wrestled to the floor by a student security monitor and held for police officers responding to Thursday's shooting.
    
Ybarra was held without bail and has been on suicide watch at King County Jail. His lawyer says he has a long history of mental problems.



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