Suspect in fatal Bellevue bar shooting convicted of Tuba Man death
Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ja’mari Alexander Alan Jones, who they consider armed and dangerous. His car is described as a white Nissan Maxima with Washington state license number AHZ1672.
Witnesses told local media that as many as five shots were fired at about 1:09 a.m. at Munchbar’s Mirror Lounge in Bellevue Square. A 30-year-old Seattle man was fatally wounded.
Jones was one of three teens who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in April 2009 in the death of 53-year-old Ed McMichael, also known as Tuba Man. He was beaten during a robbery in the fall of 2008 near Seattle Center and later died of his injuries.
After prosecutors found themselves unable to find witnesses and a juvenile court judge refused try the boys as adults, the teens pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to short terms in juvenile detention.
What a shocker, this punk that assisted in killing the Tuba Man (whom I frequently saw at Mariners’ games) received a light sentence and was able to kill another person. Maybe the justice system is part of the problem here with gun deaths. Had this punk been properly punished, he might still be in jail and wouldn’t have killed another person. Instead of focusing on gun control laws, which are already in place and criminals ignore, maybe we should focus on criminals receiving their due justice.