Burien man sentenced to 63 years for fatal 2014 shooting at Kent gas station

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The King County Prosecutor’s Office reports that Leland Russell Jr., of Burien, was sentenced Friday (Oct. 14) to 63 years in prison for the fatal shooting of two employees of a gas station in Kent on August 20, 2014.

Russell, 32, was convicted by a jury in August on two counts of Murder in the First Degree with Firearm Enhancements for the murders of David Christianson and Carlos Gonzalez.

Prosecutors say that Russell and another man arrived at the busy gas station during the morning commute and started arguments with several customers who were attempting to use the business’s services. Witnesses said the defendant and his friend were rude and combative toward customers and Shell Station employees before they were told to leave by the victims. After the defendant’s friend started to physically assault one of the victims, Russell retrieved his gun from his vehicle and shot the two unarmed men multiple times at close range.

The jury also convicted Russell on a charge of Assault in the Second Degree in a separate incident from earlier that day. The defendant faced a sentence range is 55 to 68 years in prison.

The case was handled by Senior Deputy Prosecutors Jessica Berliner and Karissa Taylor.

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2 Responses to “Burien man sentenced to 63 years for fatal 2014 shooting at Kent gas station”
  1. Ctac says:

    This is what he well deserved. The end.

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