Man Who Killed Burien Girlfriend Over MySpace Post Sentenced To 14 Years


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Makeshift memorial to Mikarah "Tinky" Sanders on Jan. 7, 2010. Photo by Scott Schaefer.

On Monday (Oct. 17) the King County Prosecutor’s Office sentenced Matthew Dubois, who shot and killed his girlfriend in Burien on Dec. 31, 2009, to 14 years in prison.

Dubois pleaded guilty to Murder Second Degree in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Mikarah “Tinky” Sanders, in an apartment complex in the 12400 block of Ambaum Blvd. SW.

As we reported then, Dubois shot Sanders, then himself. Initially police believed that there was a shooter on the loose, and they scoured the area searching for a gunman. It wasn’t until later that they realized that Dubois actually shot himself.

Police say that Dubois was upset with something he read on Sanders’ MySpace Page (which is still online) before getting into a fight and shooting her in the head.

Dubois, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult, and he pleaded guilty Aug. 26.

Today’s sentencing was before Judge Cheryl Carey at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center.

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