Woman sentenced to 17 years in prison for her role in murder of Lakewood man

Staff writerDecember 13, 2013 

A 33-year-old woman convicted for her role in the murder of a Lakewood man who was beaten, robbed and strangled before being dumped outside a house for sale in Graham was sentenced Friday to 17 years in prison.

Angela King previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Dean Barker, 51.

Barker died late Sept. 7 or early Sept. 8, 2012. A group of people confronted him in a Tacoma home and bound him before some of them drove away with him, court records said. 

People in the group were angry with Barker the day he died, court records show.

Prosecutors said King had spread rumors that Barker had attempted to sexually assault her, and others in the group thought he had something to do with the temporary disappearance of a young girl. 

Prosecutors have said they have no evidence either of those allegations is true.

Barker was beaten, robbed and tied up at a house in Tacoma before King drove him and another man to Graham, where they met up with several others, court records show.

King initially told police Barker got out of the car, and she drove away.

"The defendant's role in the murder of Dean Barker is that of a person who drove him to his death," deputy prosecutor James Schacht wrote in a sentencing recommendation.

Schacht advocated for a sentence of 19 years, six months in prison for King. That was the high end.

King later denied driving Barker all the way to Graham. She said she left the car at some point between Tacoma and the murder scene because she didn't want to take part in what she feared would happen to him, court records show.

Defense attorney Sunni Ko asked for a sentence of 11 years, two months.

Ko wrote in a sentencing memorandum that King regrets she did nothing to help Barker after it became clear he would be killed. For that, "not a day goes by without King feeling remorseful for what happened to Barker," the attorney wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Judge Kathryn Nelson then sentenced King to 204 months in prison.

Eight people in all were charged with crimes related to Barker's death. Five have been convicted. The others go on trial in 2014.


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