Ivanov sentenced to life in prison following emotional testimony

By Nicholas Johnson | Jan 12, 2017
Photo by: Nicholas Johnson Hung Bui, father of victim Anna Bui, cries in court Jan. 12 as friends and loved ones of those killed July 30 give their testimony.

Allen Ivanov, who pleaded guilty last month to killing three former Kamiak High School classmates at a Mukilteo house party in July 2016, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday morning.

Eleven friends and loved ones of those killed – Anna Bui, Jordan Ebner and Jake Long, all age 19 – gave emotional testimony during the two-hour hearing Jan. 12 in Snohomish County Superior Court.

“My daughter’s gone,” Anna’s father Hung Bui told the court through a Vietnamese interpreter.

“I can’t bring her back. There’s nothing I can do. Every day I think about it and cry.”

Ivanov, who expressed little visible emotion, also gave a statement, in which he apologized to the victims’ families.

“I want to apologize whole-heartedly to all those whose lives I took,” he said in front of the more than 50 people packed into the Everett courtroom, as well as those watching a live feed of the proceedings in a room nearby.

“There is no justification for what I did. I’m sorry.”

Ivanov, 20, pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, avoiding the death penalty.

With an AR-15-style rifle, Ivanov stormed a house party in Harbour Pointe on July 30. Following the mass shooting, an investigation found that he had acted out of jealousy after his ex-girlfriend – Anna Bui – refused to get back together with him.

After the mass shooting, Ivanov fled south on I-5 and, upon his capture near Chehalis, told police, “Everything that went on tonight was about a girl.”

In court Jan. 12, Bui’s father pleaded with young people everywhere to talk about their emotions rather than resorting to violence.

Hung Bui said, “I hope all the young people can talk out their disagreements and not use violence as an answer.”

See a full story in the Jan. 18 issue of the Mukilteo Beacon.

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