Ivanov pleads guilty, faces life in prison
Bringing an end to what could have been a painful trial about arguably the biggest tragedy in Mukilteo history, Allen Ivanov on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering three former classmates on July 30.
Ivanov, 20, pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, according to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.
After buying an AR-15-style rifle and reading the instructions on how to use it while sitting in his car outside a party in Harbour Pointe, Ivanov began shooting his former Kamiak High School classmates, including his former girlfriend, Anna Bui.
Also killed were Jordan Ebner and Jake Long. Ivanov shot a fourth victim who survived, Will Kramer, in the back. Kramer managed to escape into the woods and call 911. Ivanov shot at but missed two others.
Ivanov fled south on I-5 and was captured near Chehalis after state troopers pulled him over for speeding.
During an interview with police, he reportedly told them, “Everything that went on tonight was about a girl.”
He had broken up with Bui, but when he changed his mind and wanted to get back together, she rebuffed him.
The plea deal announced Monday came one day before prosecuting attorney Mark Roe was expected to announce whether or not he would seek the death penalty for Ivanov.
Instead, Ivanov will spend the rest of his life in prison, without the possibility of parole.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 12. At that time, victims and their families will have an opportunity to present impact statements, which legal experts say are a valuable tool in aiding their emotional recovery.
Ivanov attorney Tim Leary told the Seattle Times that, “Hopefully, this will provide some measure of closure for the victims’ families.”
In seeking to spare Ivanov’s life, defense attorney Walter Peale suggested his client might be suffering from a neurological disorder or mental illness.
Since the shootings, Ivanov has only begun to comprehend the enormity of his actions, Peale said.
“How can anyone comprehend the enormity of actions alleged and the consequences?” he asked. “I believe Allen is remorseful, sad, frightened and apprehensive.”
Now facing a lifetime in prison, Ivanov can still make a positive contribution to society, Peale said.
“Consider that while one lives and breathes, one can think, learn, participate and contribute to his community at large,” Peale said.