Northwest NEWS

April 8, 2002

Local News

Four charged as adults in teen's beating

King County Prosecutors filed one count of assault in the first degree against each of the four Eastside teenagers accused of beating Inglemoor High School student Sean Machak. Machak remains hospitalized and is partially paralyzed from the attack.
   The assault occurred Saturday night, March 30, in the city of Kirkland. According to a press release issued by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, the four teens attacked Machak and a friend as they walked past two cars occupied by the four suspects. Machak's friend ran from the assault after one of the boys threatened to shoot him with a gun. The four defendants then turned their attention to Machak, who was using crutches and had a cast on his left foot. The young men are alleged to have beaten Machak with his crutch and a small wooden bat. They also punched and kicked him once he had fallen to the ground.
   "This assault reveals new depths of cowardice and brutality," said Norm Maleng, King County Prosecuting Attorney. "Adult court and prison sentences are appropriate for anyone who commits such an unprovoked and relentless attack on somebody on crutches."
   Under state law, a charge of assault in the first degree is a "serious violent offense," requiring automatic adult jurisdiction for a defendant who is 16 or 17 years of age. The standard range for the first offense is 93 to 123 months in prison.
   Arraignment for the four is set for April 17.