Carnation teen sentenced to over 46 years in trail stabbing
Ian Simmers, 17, of Carnation, received the maximum sentence May 10 for stabbing to death a man he had encountered on the Burke-Gilman Trail in Bothell last year.
Simmers, who had been tried as an adult, was sentenced to 46 1/2 years in prison. He was convicted in March of first-degree murder for killing Rodney Gochanour, 35, of Kenmore.
King County Superior Court Judge Ann Schindler cited the youth's apparent lack of remorse as a reason for the exceptional sentence. Simmers had been released from a youth detention facility the day before the murder.
Prosecutors said Simmers, then 16, and a friend, 14, were on the trail early in the morning of March 11 when they encountered Gochanour. A confrontation ensued, after which Gochanour, 35, was stabbed six times in the back.
Both youths were arrested four days later after going on an arson and vandalism spree that left several boats wrecked in the Kenmore Marina. Police tracked the pair down after being dispatched to a report of more vandalism in the bathrooms near the King County ballfields in Kenmore.
After determining the youths had been using the trail to travel between Woodinville and Kenmore, detectives asked them if they knew anything about a body on the trail. Simmers then confessed to the murder. At trial, Simmers claimed the confession was coerced. The 14-year-old was not charged in the murder, but pled guilty to vandalism and is serving his time at Echo Glen.
Simmers will serve concurrent sentences for the murder and 12 counts of arson and boat prowling that were committed in the four days after the murder. Simmers had pled guilty to the lesser charges in December.
Simmers will serve his sentence in an adult prison, although he will be segregated from the adult prisoners until he is 18.