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Bill Pickerel Pleads Guilty

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SEATTLE, Wash.--Bill Pickerel could get 21 years in prison.

In King County, the standard sentence for these charges is five years. Exceptional is 10 years, but it's unknown if the charges will run at the same time or one after another.

72-year-old Bill Pickerel pleaded guilty to five counts related to child molestation, including an aggravating factor of how he used his position of trust to carry out these sexual acts.

King County prosecutors say at the very least, Pickerel will serve five years. He'll also face years of probation.

"His standard range would be no more than six years," says Michael Mohandeson, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County. In the event that the court were to exercise it's discretion and impose an exceptional sentence, I guess the very maximum the court could impose, theoretically, would be 21 years."

Another new development on Friday, Benton County prosecutor, Andy Miller says his office forwarded their charges to King County.

This means Miller will not pursue any charges against Pickerel, considering these crimes occurred in Seattle.

Sentencing is Friday, June 20th.

 

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