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SPU Shooter Aaron Ybarra Charged, Authorities Seek Life Sentence

Gene Johnson, Associated Press
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Scene of June 5th SPU shooting (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

Scene of June 5th SPU shooting (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Prosecutors have filed murder and attempted murder charges against the man accused of killing one person and wounding two others in a shooting at Seattle Pacific University.

King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg said Tuesday that 26-year-old Aaron Ybarra of Mountlake Terrace will face one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

Satterberg said the sentencing range for the charges is 69 to 86 years in prison, but authorities will seek an exceptional sentence of life in prison.

Ybarra was pepper-sprayed and wrestled to the floor by a student security monitor and held for police officers responding to Thursday’s shooting.

Ybarra was held without bail and has been on suicide watch at King County Jail. His lawyer says he has a long history of mental problems.

Update: Ybarra had visited the SPU campus in the week prior to the shooting, where KIRO reports that he was shown around by students.

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